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Prison Officials Violated Constitution When They chose a Medically Unacceptable Course Of Treatment

Lewis Stewart v. Romeo Aranas Court: US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Docket: 20-15586, Opinion Date: May 4, 2022. Plaintiff filed an action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 alleging that Defendants, prison officials, were deliberately indifferent to his medical needs, when despite his numerous complaints over a period of years and a visibly deteriorating condition, they ignored his enlarged prostate. After the district court screened Plaintiff’s complaint, he was left with two claims of deliberate indifference to serious medical needs. The remaining officials claimed that they were entitled to qualified immunity and moved for summary judgment. The district court disagreed and the Ninth Circuit affirmed the order denying qualified immunity to prison officials.

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