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Case Name Langton v. Berman PC-MA-0024
Docket / Court 78-578 ( D. Mass. )
State/Territory Massachusetts
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
William Langton, a Massachusetts State Prisoner, filed a pro se lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Massachusetts Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiff argued that his constitutional rights had been violated by the ... read more >
William Langton, a Massachusetts State Prisoner, filed a pro se lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Massachusetts Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiff argued that his constitutional rights had been violated by the defendant's conduct at a prison disciplinary hearing at which he was found guilty of planning to escape. Particularly, he complained about not being allowed to call certain witnesses and not being able to use informer reports in order to defend himself in the hearing.

The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (Judge Rya W. Zobel) dismissed complaint, and plaintiff appealed. On February 13, 1981, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (Judge Frank Coffin) affirmed the dismissal, holding that the plaintiff was not deprived of his right to due process at the disciplinary hearing. Langton v. Berman, 667 F.2d 231 (1st Cir. 1981). We have no further information on the proceedings.

Kristen Sagar - 03/28/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Disciplinary procedures
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Massachusetts state prisoner alleging that Department of Corrections personnel's conduct of disciplinary hearing at which he was found guilty of planning to escape violated his constitutional rights
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
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General Documents
Opinion 12/29/1981 (667 F.2d 231)
PC-MA-0024-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Coffin, Frank Morey (First Circuit)
PC-MA-0024-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Donahue, Michael C. (Massachusetts)
PC-MA-0024-0001
Meyers, Judy (Massachusetts)
PC-MA-0024-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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