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Constitutional Law Keyed to Varat
Sandin v. Conner
Citation:515 U.S. 472, 115 S.Ct. 2293, 132 L.Ed.2d 418 (1995).
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Plaintiff was serving 30 years to life in a Hawaii prison. He reacted angrily to a strip-search. A committee held a hearing during which Plaintiff was not allowed to present witnesses. He was found guilt and sentenced to 30 days in solitary confinement. On appeal, a prison administrator found the sentence unsupported and expunged the charge. In the meantime, Plaintiff filed suit, arguing his due process rights were violated because he was not allowed to present witnesses at the hearing.
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