United States Seventh Circuit

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Singer v. Raemisch, 07-3400

In an inmate's 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action against prison officials alleging that the confiscation of his Dungeons and Dragons game materials and imposition of a ban on D&D play violated his First Amendment right to free speech and his Fourteenth Amendment rights to due process and equal protection, district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the prison officials is affirmed as, despite the inmate's large quantum of affidavit testimony asserting that D&D is not associated with gangs and that the game can improve inmate rehabilitation, he has failed to demonstrate a genuine issue of material fact concerning the reasonableness of the relationship between the ban and the prison's clearly legitimate penological interests.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/25/2010
  • Published 01/25/2010

Judges

  • TINDER, Circuit Judge., Before EASTERBROOK, Chief Judge, and WILLIAMS and TINDER, Circuit Judges.

Court

  • United States Seventh Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • W.C. Turner Herbert, Attorney, Mayer Brown LLP, Charlotte, NC, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Charlotte Gibson, Attorney, Office of the Attorney General, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Madison, WI, for Defendant-Appellee.