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HOPE v. PELZER, 01-309

Corrections officers were not entitled to qualified immunity for acts of handcuffing an inmate to a hitching post, because a reasonable corrections officer would have known that such punishment was unlawful under the Eighth Amendment, based on the lack of any safety concern or emergency, and obvious cruelty inherent in such a practice.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/27/2002
  • Published 06/27/2002



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