United States Ninth Circuit

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Rynearson v. Ferguson, 17-35853

Held that a constitutional challenge to Washington's cyberstalking law should not have been dismissed on grounds of Younger abstention. Due to certain online postings, the plaintiff was the subject of a state court stalking protection order. He responded by filing an action in federal court seeking a declaration that Washington's cyberstalking law is unconstitutional. Reversing and remanding, the Ninth Circuit held that the district court erred in applying the Younger doctrine to abstain from hearing the case.

Appellate Information

  • Argued
  • Submitted
  • Decided
  • Published 2018/09/07


  • Clifton


  • United States Ninth Circuit


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