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Morton v. Hall, No. 07-55574

Morton v. Hall, No. 07-55574, concerned a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action alleging that prison officials' deliberate indifference contributed to a violent assault on plaintiff by inmates.

In short, as described by the court, "On June 18, 2003, Morton was assaulted by unknown
inmates in the prison yard at Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, California ("Ironwood"). It is not clear why he was assaulted, although he alleges it was because inmates gained access to his prison central file ("C-file") and learned facts relating to his commitment offense (assault and murder of his five-year old step-daughter) that stigmatized him as a sex-offender."

The court of appeals affirmed the dismissal of the complaint for failure to exhaust administrative remedies, on the ground that the grievance filed by plaintiff was insufficient to put prison officials on notice of plaintiff's complaint that prison-staff conduct contributed to his assault.

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