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Parrott v. US, 06-1489

In an inmate's suit under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) alleging that prison officials failed to protect him from being attacked by another inmate and subsequently negligently handled his personal property during a transfer to another prison, summary judgment for the government is affirmed in part and reversed in part where: 1) the mishandling-of-property claim was barred by an exception in the FTCA applying to detention of goods by law enforcement officers, and the officials' loss of plaintiff's property was properly classified as such a detention; but 2) plaintiff was denied adequate discovery on his failure-to-protect claim where the district court relied on rules of admissibility and generalized concerns about privacy and confidentiality, rather than discoverability, in denying discovery motions.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/30/2008
  • Published 07/30/2008


  • WOOD, Circuit Judge., Before BAUER, MANION, and WOOD, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Peter R. Wilson, Katten Muchin Rosenman, Chicago, IL, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Mark Stern, Department of Justice Civil Division, Appellate Section, Eric Fleisig-Greene, Department of Justice Civil Division, Appellate Staff, Washington, DC, for Defendant-Appellee.