Charles Arthur Huguenot, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Louie L. Wainwright, Director, Division of Corrections,state of Florida, Defendant-appellee, 464 F.2d 1077 (5th Cir. 1972)Annotate this Case
July 28, 1972.
Charles A. Huguenot, pro se.
Robert L. Shevin, Atty. Gen., Raymond L. Marky, Asst. Atty. Gen., Tallahassee, Fla., for defendant-appellee.
Before JOHN R. BROWN, Chief Judge, and GOLDBERG and MORGAN, Circuit Judges.
Charles Arthur Huguenot, an inmate confined in the maximum security section of the Florida State Prison at Raiford, filed a complaint seeking injunctive relief against an asserted deprivation of Federal constitutional rights resulting from the failure of prison officials to establish "probable cause" for placing him in administrative segregation.1 The plaintiff was accused of throwing a knife into a trash can following a disturbance in a part of the prison's East Unit known as K-Wing. He denies having participated in the disturbance or in any attempt to dispose of the knife.
We affirm the District Court's dismissal of the complaint. When a State prisoner asserts a claim which, if proven, could potentially evolve into a substantial Federal question of constitutional proportions, he is ordinarily entitled to an opportunity to prove his allegations. Williams v. Wainwright, 5 Cir., 1972, 461 F.2d 1080 and companion cases. Here, however, even conceding the truth of Huguenot's contention that prison officials did not have "probable cause" for removing him from the general prison population, we cannot conclude that the strictures of procedural due process or any other constitutional provision precluded such action. Granville v. Hunt, 5 Cir., 1969, 411 F.2d 9, 12.