Mays v. Springborn

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Civil Court
Jury Instruction
Case Number: 
No. 11-2218
Decision Date: 
June 11, 2013
Federal District: 
C.D. Ill.
Reversed and remanded
In section 1983 action alleging that defendants-prison officials subjected plaintiff-prisoner to improper public strip searches, Dist. Ct. committed plain error in submitting instruction that merely asked jury to determine whether defendants had valid penologic reason for conducting instant searches since said instruction did not require jury to determine whether manner in which searches were conducted were constitutional. Ct. also erred in giving instruction in plaintiff's retaliation claim that required plaintiff to prove that grievances filed by him were sole cause of defendants’ decision to conduct instant searches.