No. 89-3327.

906 F.2d 1096 (1990)

Gregory SOCKWELL, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. C. Paul PHELPS and Frank Blackburn, Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

July 31, 1990.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Kimberly M. Slay, Staff Atty., Joseph E. Kopsa, Asst. Atty. Gen., William J. Guste, Jr., Atty. Gen., Baton Rouge, La., for defendants-appellants.

David E. Stanley, Baton Rouge, La. (court-appointed), for plaintiffs-appellees.

Gregory Sockwell, pro se.

Raymond Rochon, pro se.

John Crittle, pro se.

Before GEE, REAVLEY and GARWOOD, Circuit Judges.

GARWOOD, Circuit Judge:

Defendants-appellants C. Paul Phelps (Phelps) and Frank Blackburn (Blackburn) appeal an adverse judgment of the United States Magistrate awarding damages under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. We vacate because the magistrate lacked authority to try the case and enter judgment.

Facts and Proceedings Below

Gregory Sockwell, Raymond Rochon, and John Crittle (collectively, appellees), prisoners confined at the Louisiana State Penitentiary...

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