From link at appellate court opinion ^^

In the lower court in a 42 usc 1983 case, the .govs argued, successfully [ie a judge actually agreed and dismissed the case!], that a conviction was required for various counts of the plaintiff's complaint.

Luckily, the plaintiff had the $$$ to appeal, and did so successfully.

Likely a useful case to cite for members here that pursue a 1983 claim, especially those of that court's jurisdiction.