No. 76-446.

434 U.S. 555 (1978)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided February 22, 1978.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Sanford Svetcov, Deputy Attorney General of California, argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the brief were Evelle J. Younger, Attorney General, Jack R. Winkler, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Edward P. O'Brien, Assistant Attorney General, and W. Eric Collins, Deputy Attorney General.

Michael E. Adams argued the cause and filed a brief for respondent.*

MR. JUSTICE WHITE delivered the opinion of the Court.

Respondent Navarette, an inmate of Soledad Prison in California when the events revealed here occurred, filed his second amended complaint on January 19, 1974, charging six prison officials with various types of conduct allegedly violative of his constitutional rights and of 42 U. S. C. §§ 1983 and 1985.1 Three of the defendants were subordinate officials at Soledad;

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