No. 10-1862.

642 F.3d 49 (2011)

Edward Eugene YOUNG, Sr., Plaintiff, Appellant, v. Ashbel T. WALL, individually and in his capacity as the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Defendant, Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit.

Decided April 14, 2011.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Andrew B. Prescott , with whom Gauri A. Patil and Nixon Peabody LLP were on brief, for appellant.

Thomas A. Palombo , Assistant Attorney General, with whom Patrick C. Lynch , Attorney General, was on brief, for appellee.

Before BOUDIN, Circuit Judge, SOUTER, Associate Justice, and SELYA, Circuit Judge.

SELYA, Circuit Judge.

This appeal requires us to determine whether a prison's unilateral suspension of its internal policy of paying interest on inmate accounts violated the constitutional rights of an affected inmate. The district court thought not. Weighing in on an issue that has split the circuits, we conclude that prison inmates lack a constitutionally protected property right in interest not yet paid. Accordingly, the defendant was at liberty to abrogate the...

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