Civil rights.

7. Civil Rights U.S. Appeals Court Blades v. Schuetzle, 302 F.3d 801 (8th Cir. 2002). A state prisoner brought a [section] 1983 HARASSMENT action against prison officials, alleging that they failed to protect him from a fellow inmate, RACIAL and that a correctional officer discriminated DISCRIMINATION against him because of his race. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of the officials and the appeals court affirmed. The appeals court held that the officials' decision to release the inmate into the general prison population did not rise to the level of deliberate indifference, nor did their failure to notify the prisoner that another inmate had threatened him. The court noted that the prisoner's own statements to officials, that the inmate posed no risk of harm to him, barred his failure-to-protect claim. The appeals court found that the alleged offensive statements made by a correctional officer, ridiculing the color of the prisoner's palms and telling the prisoner to smile so that he could be seen in the dark, did not rise to an actionable level under the Fourteenth Amendment, although the statements were "thoroughly offensive and utterly reprehensible." (North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) U.S. Appeals Court Lile v. McKune, 299 F.3d 1229 (10th Cir. 2002). A state inmate brought a [section] 1983 claim SELF against prison officials, alleging that a sexual INCRIMINATION abuse treatment program and corresponding regulations and policies violated his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. The district court granted summary judgment for the inmate and the appeals court affirmed. The United States Supreme Court (122 S.Ct. 2017) reversed and remanded, finding that alterations in the inmate's prison conditions resulting from his refusal to participate in a Sexual Abuse Treatment Program (SATP) were not so great as to constitute compulsion for the purposes of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. The appeals court vacated its prior opinion and remanded the case to the district court with instructions to dismiss the complaint in its entirety. (Kansas Department of Corrections) U.S. District Court Little v. Terhune, 200 F.Supp.2d 445 (D.N.J. 2002). A prisoner housed in a maximum security PROGRAMS prison brought a civil rights suit against state prison officials for allegedly violating his EQUAL PROTECTION equal protection rights by failing to provide him with educational programming while he was confined...

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