United States Seventh Circuit

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Guajardo-Palma v. Martinson, 10-1726

In an inmate's suit claiming that his constitutional rights were violated when prison guards opened legal mail addressed to him outside his presence, district court's dismissal of the suit for failure to state a claim is affirmed as, although it is true that Wisconsin law provides that mail from certain officials and organizations, both state and federal, may be opened only in the inmate's presence, and this law may have been violated in this case, a violation of state law is not a ground for a federal civil rights suit.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 07/22/2010
  • Decided 09/20/2010
  • Published 09/20/2010

Judges

  • <a href="http://pview.findlaw.com/view/2581437_1">POSNER</a>

Court

  • United States Seventh Circuit

Counsel