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Defendants Robert Lillis, Leonard Pastore, Anthony DiLullo, and Mary Fish-MacDonald appeal from so much of an order of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, Jose A. Cabranes, Judge, as denied their motion for summary judgment dismissing claims against them by plaintiff Anthony Golino under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (1988) for malicious prosecution. Appellants moved for summary judgment on the grounds that (1) a state-court finding during the prior criminal proceeding collaterally estops Golino from litigating in the present case the issue of whether there was probable cause to prosecute him, and (2) as police officers, they enjoy qualified immunity from the present suit. The district court denied appellants' motion on the grounds that (1) collateral estoppel was inappropriate because Golino had not had a sufficient opportunity in the prior proceeding to litigate the probable cause question, and (2) there were genuine issues of material fact to be tried with respect to the immunity defense. On appeal, appellants contend that the district court erred in concluding (1) that Golino did not have an adequate opportunity to litigate the question of probable cause, and (2) that any existing questions of fact with respect to probable cause are material. For the reasons below, we reject both contentions and affirm the order of the district court.