United States Seventh Circuit

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CASE v. AHITOW, 01-3564

Failure of prison guards and officials to protect an inmate from an attack by another inmate could constitute cruel and unusual punishment, where defendants knew of, and could easily have averted, a danger to the plaintiff inmate's safety, yet failed to do so.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 07/09/2002
  • Decided 08/21/2002
  • Published 08/21/2002


  • POSNER, Circuit Judge., Before POSNER, RIPPLE, and WILLIAMS, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Bradley B. Wilson (argued), Gates, Wise & Schlosser, Springfield, IL, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Kelly Choate,Office of the Atty. Gen., Springfield, IL, Richard S. Huszagh (argued), Office of the Atty. Gen., Civ. Appeals Div., Chicago, IL, for Defendants-Appellees.