Thursday, November 7, 2013

Daniels v. Williams case brief

Daniels v. Williams case brief summary
474 U.S. 327 (1986)

In an action that petitioner, a state prisoner, brought under 42 U.S.C.S. § 1983, the prisoner sought review of a judgment in which the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court's decision to grant summary judgment in favor of respondent, a correctional officer.

The prisoner sought to recover damages for personal injuries that he sustained when he slipped on a pillow case that had been negligently left on a stairway by the correctional officer. The prisoner's § 1983 claim rested on the contention that the officer's negligence deprived the prisoner of his Fourteenth Amendment liberty interest in freedom from bodily injury.

The United States Supreme Court held that the prisoner's action was properly dismissed because a prison official's mere lack of due care did not constitute a deprivation of liberty under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.


The Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals.

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