Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Dave Frohnmayer, Attorney General of Oregon, argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the briefs were William F. Gary, Deputy Attorney General, James E. Mountain, Jr., Solicitor General, Virginia L. Linder, Assistant Solicitor General, and Robert M. Atkinson, Assistant Attorney General.
Gene B. Mechanic, by appointment of the Court, 474 U.S. 809, argued the cause and filed a brief for respondent.*
Supreme Court of United States.
JUSTICE O'CONNOR delivered the opinion of the Court.
This case requires us to decide what standard governs a prison inmate's claim that prison officials subjected him to cruel and unusual punishment by shooting him during the course of their attempt to quell a prison riot.
At the time he was injured, respondent Gerald Albers was confined in cellblock "A" of the Oregon State Penitentiary. Cellblock "A" consists of two tiers of barred cells housing...
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