April 27, 2020

In this column, Jenner & Block Partner Michael T. Brody highlights a prisoner’s rights case that, he observes, illustrates the difference “between the outward appearance of a case and more troubling issues that sometimes lurk beneath the surface.”  In Lord v. Beahm, the plaintiff was a prison inmate who sued prison guards under Section 1983, alleging that they did not respond to his threat of suicide.  Although the Seventh Circuit dismissed the prisoner’s claim, Mike notes that the case presents an important lesson:  “Even in rejecting Lord’s claim, the Seventh Circuit’s decision reminds us of the humanity behind case names and pleadings and public officials and courts should not be complacent as to those consequences.”

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