John Stephen Gilreath, Plaintiff-appellant,andclaude F. Bloodgood, Iii, Donald W. Newton, Keith H. Ogren, Plaintiffs, v. Virginia Parole Board, Defendant-appellee, 934 F.2d 319 (4th Cir. 1991)Annotate this Case
Submitted May 6, 1991. Decided May 29, 1991
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at Alexandria. Albert V. Bryan, Jr., Chief District Judge. (CA-89-915-A)
John Stephen Gilreath, appellant pro se.
Robert Harkness Herring, Jr., Assistant Attorney General, Richmond, Va., for appellee.
Before DONALD RUSSELL, WILKINSON and WILKINS, Circuit Judges.
John Gilreath, a Virginia prisoner, appeals the district court's order granting summary judgment in favor of the defendant in his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action.1 Gilreath claimed that the Virginia Parole Board's denial of parole based upon the "serious nature of the offense" was not a constitutionally sufficient explanation of the reason for denial of parole. However, we disagree, and we consequently affirm the district court's order. See Franklin v. Shields, 569 F.2d 784, 800 (4th Cir. 1977) (en banc), cert. denied, 435 U.S. 1003 (1978). We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the Court and argument would not significantly aid the decisional process.