No. 88-1545.

877 F.2d 145 (1989)

Albert J. BLAKE, Plaintiff, Appellant, v. Louis M. BERMAN, et al., Defendants, Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit.

Decided June 12, 1989.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

William Hewig III with whom Gaston & Snow, Boston, Mass., was on brief, for plaintiff, appellant.

Andrew M. Zaikis, Asst. Atty. Gen., Criminal Bureau, with whom James M. Shannon, Atty. Gen., Boston, Mass., was on brief, for defendants, appellees.

Before COFFIN and BREYER, Circuit Judges, and PETTINE, Senior District Judge.

BREYER, Circuit Judge.

The appellant, Albert Blake, a prisoner in the Massachusetts state prison system, sued the Commissioner and the Acting Commissioner of Corrections under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983 and 1985, claiming that they had deprived him of his constitutional right of "access to the courts." See Bounds v. Smith, 430 U.S. 817, 97 S.Ct. 1491, 52 L.Ed.2d 72 (1977). A jury found that the defendants had not done so, stating...

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