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8th Amendment Violation – Summary Judgment

7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Case Name: Adrian Thomas v. James S. Black, et al.,

Case No.: 20-1718

Officials: HAMILTON, SCUDDER, and KIRSCH, Circuit Judges.

Focus: 8th Amendment Violation – Summary Judgment

Adrian Thomas sued several prison officials at Pontiac Correctional Center in Illinois alleging they violated the Eighth Amendment by restricting him for two months to a cell with feces on the walls, a mattress covered in human waste, a bunk bed with a hundred dead flies, and inadequate plumbing that caused him to develop a rash. Had the officials done nothing in response to Thomas’s complaints, they would have violated the Constitution’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. But, relying on undisputed evidence showing that the prison responded to Thomas’s concerns and medical needs, the district court entered summary judgment for the officials. We affirm.


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Derek A Hawkins is Corporate Counsel, at Salesforce.

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