In a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action alleging that prison officials violated the Eighth Amendment when they denied Plaintiff outdoor exercise during lockdowns, judgment for Plaintiff is reversed, where the lockdowns were reasonable precautions given the violence that had occurred at the prison, and thus Defendants were entitled to qualified immunity.
Argued and Submitted October 29, 2008
Filed July 9, 2009
Opinion by Judge Kozinski
Dissent by Judge Thomas
Erin Haney, Certified Law Student, U.C. Davis School of Law, King Hall Civil Rights Clinic, Davis, CA
Christopher J. Becker, Deputy Attorneys General, Office of the California Attorney General, Sacramento, CA
Jim Sobolewski, Deputy Attorneys General, Office of the California Attorney General, Sacramento, CA