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CASE ENTRY

Berkshire v. Dahl

Mentally ill inmate begins to improve while in prison treatment program. But after raising complaints about Lenox, Mich. prison officials, he is abruptly transferred out of the program. His mental health rapidly declines, to the point where he attempts suicide, after which he is kept restrained and left to lie in his own waste for six to seven hours. Sixth Circuit:  Nobody gets qualified immunity in this “parade of horribles.” (Also, don’t write any emails you wouldn’t want to see appear in a published judicial opinion, such as suggesting that a mentally ill inmate be transferred “to Mars.”)


Tags: 2019, First Amendment, Qualified Immunity, Sixth Circuit

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