On December 9, 2002, while housed at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi, a lock-up order was issued for Chatman and a dozen other prisoners due to their alleged participation in a disturbance three days earlier.
All of the prisoners – except Chatman – received disciplinary reports. Prior to being rehoused in administrative segregation, Chatman, along with the other prisoners, was forced to stand outside for 30 minutes in the wind and freezing temperatures while wearing only boxer shorts. Subsequently, Chatman was housed in a cell that was flooded from a leak in the toilet. He remained in that cell without footwear for 15 days, and became seriously ill.
Chatman filed suit in 2003, alleging that the sole reason for his placement in administrative segregation was to retaliate against him for filing grievances and contacting government officials to complain about prison conditions. He further argued that exposing him to freezing temperatures and then placing him in a flooded cell violated his rights under the Eighth Amendment.
The defendants moved for summary judgment. In 2009, the magistrate judge made findings and recommendations, later accepted by the district court judge, requiring at least one defendant to answer each of Chatman’s claims. The offer of judgment followed a year later. See: Chatman v. Tyner, U.S.D.C. (E.D. Cal.), Case No. 1:03-cv-06636-AWI-SMS.
As a digital subscriber to Prison Legal News, you can access full text and downloads for this and other premium content.
Already a subscriber? Login
Related legal case
Chatman v. Tyner
|U.S.D.C. (E.D. Cal.), Case No. 1:03-cv-06636-AWI-SMS.