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Argued: February 15, 2000

Resolution of two questions certified to the New York Court of Appeals in order to determine whether, in � 1983 action for excessive force, plaintiff was collaterally estopped from excluding or challenging a finding of reckless endangerment made in the course of a non-family court juvenile adjudication in New York State. We affirm the judgment of the district court.

This is the second occasion on which we address Vernon Green’s � 1983 suit, which alleges, inter alia, unlawful use of excessive force and malicious prosecution in violation of various constitutional rights. *fn1 The district court granted summary judgment for the defendants. It held that a New York Supreme Court determination that Green was a juvenile delinquent who had recklessly endangered the life of Police Officer Phillip Montgomery was entitled to preclusive effect. Given the finding of endangerment, it determined — as a matter of law — that defendants were justified in using deadly force against Green. *fn2

 
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