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Williams v. Sec'y PA Dep't Corrections, 14-1469

In consolidated appeals to determine whether there is a constitutionally protected liberty interest that prohibits the State from continuing to house inmates in solitary confinement on death row after they have been granted resentencing hearings, without meaningful review of the continuing placement, the district court's grant of summary judgment to defendants on sovereign immunity grounds is affirmed where: 1) although the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment limits the State's ability to subject an inmate to the deprivations of death row once the death sentence initially relied upon to justify such extreme restrictions is no longer operative; 2) because this principle was not clearly established before today, the prison officials in this consolidated appeal are entitled to qualified immunity.

Appellate Information

  • Argued
  • Submitted
  • Decided
  • Published 2017/02/09


  • McKEE


  • United States Third Circuit


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