Inmates at a facility for the treatment of the sexually dangerous filed a 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 plaintiffs asked the court to hold the defendant in contempt for violation of a consent decree governing conditions at the facility. The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (Judge A. David Mazzone) denied the plaintiffs' petition but awarded some attorneys' fees, and both parties appealed.
On March 22, 1991, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (Judge Bruce M. Selya) affirmed the court's decision on the merits but vacated and remanded on the issue of attorneys' fees. Langton v. Johnson, 928 F.2d 1206 (1st Cir. 1991). We have no further information on the proceedings.Kristen Sagar - 03/13/2006