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Daniels v. Williams

United States Supreme Court
474 U.S. 327 (1986)


Facts

Daniels (plaintiff), a former inmate of the city jail in Richmond, Virginia brought a §1983 action seeking to recover damages for back and ankle injuries allegedly sustained when he slipped on a pillow negligently left on the prison stairs by Williams (defendant), a correctional deputy stationed at the jail. Daniels argued that Williams’ negligence deprived him of his liberty interest in freedom from bodily harm protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The district court granted Williams’ motion for summary judgment, and the court of appeals affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

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