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CASE ENTRY

Estate of Cummings v. Davenport

Allegation: Prisoner is shanked in the eye by fellow inmate, dies the following day. Did the Springville, Ala. prison warden unconstitutionally interfere with the deceased’s care by approving a “do not resuscitate” order and authorizing physicians to take him off life support? The Eleventh Circuit says yes. Prison wardens cannot act as proper surrogates to make end-of-life decisions. No qualified immunity.


Tags: 2018, Eleventh Circuit, Prison, Qualified Immunity

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