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Camp v. Gregory

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
67 F.3d 1286 (7th Cir. 1995)


Elnora Camp (plaintiff) was the aunt and legal guardian of Anthony Young. Camp determined that she was unable to provide “the highly structured and closely supervised environment” that Young needed in order to protect him from dangers posed by others in his neighborhood. A court granted her request to make the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Young’s legal guardian. George Gregory (defendant), a DCFS worker, was assigned to be Young’s case manager. Although Gregory knew that Camp could not provide the environment necessary to keep Young safe, Gregory put Young back in Camp’s home. A few months later, Young was shot and killed two blocks from Camp’s home. Camp brought suit, alleging that Gregory had denied Young substantive due process by failing to put Young in a safe living environment. The district court dismissed the complaint. Camp appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Posner, J.)

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