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Civil Rights Law Appellate Court Opinion

by Agati, Taryn


AC44192 - Francis v. Briatico ("The self-represented plaintiff, Ernest Francis, appeals from the summary judgment rendered by the trial court in favor of the defendants, Captain Bryan Viger, Lieutenant Wilkens and Correction Officer Briatico, all current or former employees of the Department of Correction (department). The plaintiff brought this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that the defendants violated his rights under the eighth amendment to the United States constitution by virtue of the manner in which they responded to an electrical fire in the plaintiff's housing unit at the Cheshire Correctional Institution (Cheshire), where he was incarcerated. On appeal, he contends that the court applied an unduly exacting legal standard—one that required him to prove that the defendants had acted in bad faith and with the malicious intent to harm him—in holding that the defendants' conduct did not violate the eighth amendment as a matter of law. Because we conclude that the court correctly determined that the defendants are entitled to summary judgment, we affirm the judgment.")