No. 00-853.

534 U.S. 516 (2002)

122 S.Ct. 983

152 L.Ed.2d 12


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided February 26, 2002.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Richard Blumenthal, Attorney General of Connecticut, argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the briefs were Gregory T. D'Auria, Robert B. Fiske III, Perry ZinnRowthorn, Steven R. Strom, and Mark F. Kohler, Assistant Attorneys General.

John R. Williams argued the cause for respondent. With him on the briefs was Norman A. Pattis.

Irving R. Gornstein argued the cause for the United States as amicus curiae urging reversal. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Olson, Acting Assistant Attorney General Schiffer, Deputy Solicitor General Clement, Barbara L. Herwig, and Peter R. Maier.*

Ginsburg, J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court.

Justice Ginsburg, delivered the opinion of the Court.

This case concerns the obligation of prisoners who claim denial of their federal rights while incarcerated to exhaust prison grievance procedures before seeking judicial relief. Plaintiff-respondent Ronald Nussle, an inmate in a Connecticut prison, brought directly to court, without filing an inmate grievance, a complaint charging that corrections officers singled him out for a severe beating, in violation of the...

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