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Beckwith v. Hart.

U.S. District Court

FTCA -- Federal Tort Claims Act

Beckwith v. Hart, 263 F.Supp.2d 1018 (D.Md. 2003). An inmate filed an action against the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), alleging claims of defamation of character, negligence, battery and constitutional claims. The district court dismissed the action. The court held that the inmate failed to establish that he was subjected to excessive force in violation of his Eighth Amendment rights, when a BOP employee closed the door of a conference room on the inmate's foot after he had interrupted a meeting to request forms, and stuck his foot in the door when the employee attempted to shut it to regain the privacy of the meeting. The court noted that even if the employee's actions contained the requisite application of force to rise to a constitutional violation, the inmate failed to establish that the employee closed the door maliciously for the purpose of causing him harm. (Federal Correctional Institution, Cumberland, Maryland)
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Title Annotation:defamation of character, negligence claims
Publication:Corrections Caselaw Quarterly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U5MD
Date:Nov 1, 2003
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