Gruenberg v. Gempeler

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Civil Court
Qualified Immunity
Case Number: 
No. 10-3391
Decision Date: 
September 26, 2012
Federal District: 
E.D. Wisc.
Dist. Ct. did not err in granting defendants-prison officials' motion for summary judgment after finding that defendants were entitled to qualified immunity in plaintiff-prisoner's section 1983 action alleging that defendants violated plaintiff's 8th Amendment rights by placing him naked and immobilized for five days in cell in hope that plaintiff would pass prison keys that had been previously swallowed by plaintiff. Record showed that defendants were concerned that plaintiff posed security threat to prison if he acquired prison keys after they had passed through his body, and prison doctors estimated that said keys would pass within five days. Moreover, record otherwise showed that defendants were not indifferent to plaintiff's health or safety since they closely watched plaintiff during said five-day period.