No. 97-7043.

158 F.3d 1342 (1998)

Michael Lee DAVIS, Appellant, v. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA and Dwight Bynum, Corporal, Central Facility, Appellees, United States of America, Intervenor for Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.

Decided October 27, 1998.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Catherine E. Lhamon, argued the cause as amicus curiae for appellant. With her on the briefs were Steven H. Goldblatt, appointed by the court, and Mary L. Clark.

Michael L. Davis, appearing pro se, was on the brief for appellant.

Thomas M. Fisher argued the cause for appellees. With him on the brief were John M. Ferren, Corporation Counsel, Charles L. Reischel, Deputy Corporation Counsel, Lutz Alexander Prager, Assistant Deputy Corporation Counsel, and Mary L. Wilson, Assistant Corporation Counsel. Jo Anne Robinson, Principal Deputy Corporation Counsel, entered an appearance.

Frank W. Hunger, Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Wilma A. Lewis, U.S. Attorney, Barbara L. Herwig and Deborah Ruth Kant, Attorneys, U.S. Department of Justice, were on the brief for intervenor United States of America.

Before: WALD, WILLIAMS and TATEL, Circuit Judges.

WILLIAMS, Circuit Judge:

Michael Lee Davis, an inmate of D.C. Central Prison at Lorton, brought this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. He alleged that one Corporal Bynum, an official of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections, and the District of Columbia itself, violated his constitutional right to privacy. According to his complaint, Bynum broke the seal on the plaintiff's medical files and disclosed their contents to others without the plaintiff's...

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