Grievance procedures, prisoner.

21. Grievance Procedures, Prisoner U.S. District Court Farid v. Goord, 200 F.Supp.2d 220 (W.D.N.Y. 2002). An inmate brought a [section] 1983 action RETALIATION against correctional officers and prison officials, alleging free speech and procedural PETITION due process violations under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The district court granted summary judgment, in part, for the defendants. The court held that the inmate, who had circulated a petition, engaged in protected conduct even though the prison had a grievance process that could have been used. The petition concerned allegations that an officer failed to allow inmates adequate time to finish their breakfast. The court noted that no regulation barring petitions was in effect at the time. The court denied summary judgment on the issue of whether the inmate's right to petition the government and right to free speech were violated by officers when they determined, independent of the...

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