Donahey, Jr. v. RuffinAnnotate this Case
Petitioners-defendants Lt. Harvey Ruffin, a correctional officer at the Bullock Correctional Facility; Sgt. Shelton Patterson, a correctional officer; Sandra Giles, the deputy warden of the facility; and Kenneth Jones, the warden , all petitioned the Alabama Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus to direct the circuit court to grant their motion for summary judgment on immunity grounds. Petitioners were named in a suit brought by an inmate, Thomas Donahey, Jr., who was attacked by another inmate. Donahey alleged that the petitioners negligently, wantonly, and recklessly failed to protect him from the attack. Based on the uncontroverted evidence, the petitioners were entitled to immunity from all the claims asserted against them by Donahey. Accordingly, the petitioners met their burden showing a clear legal right to the relief sought, and the trial court was therefore directed to enter a summary judgment in their favor.