Unpublished Disposition, 924 F.2d 1062 (9th Cir. 1991)Annotate this Case
Douglas Martin DILLMAN, Plaintiff-Appellant,v.Samuel LEWIS, Director; James R. Upchurch, Deputy Warden;Peg Ritchie, Dr., Assistant Deputy Warden,Defendants-Appellees.
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
Submitted Nov. 2, 1990.* Decided Jan. 29, 1991.
Before MERRILL, KILKENNY and DAVID R. THOMPSON, Circuit Judges.
Douglas Martin Dillman, an Arizona state prisoner, appeals pro se the district court's sua sponte dismissal of his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights action. Dillman contends prison officials revoked his right to represent prisoners in disciplinary hearings and interfered with his access to the courts. We affirm.
A state may impose reasonable restrictions upon an inmate giving legal assistance to his fellow inmates. See Johnson v. Avery, 393 U.S. 483, 490 (1969). Moreover, where meaningful alternatives are provided, the state may bar inmate writ writers altogether. Id.
Because Dillman was removed from the "approved legal assistant" list for an alleged rule infraction and alternatives to inmate assistance exist, the district court properly dismissed this action. Further, Dillman lacks third party standing to challenge the order on the ground that it violates other inmates' constitutional rights to meaningful access to the courts. Darring v. Kincheloe, 783 F.2d 874, 877 (9th Cir. 1986).