Daniel Lee Holterman; Paul Julian Maney, Plaintiffs-appellants, v. Frank Hall; Carlton Zenon, Superintendent Oregon Statecorrectional Institution; Louis Menza,lieutenant, Oregon State Correctionalinstitution; John Does 1-10,defendants-appellees, 83 F.3d 427 (9th Cir. 1996)Annotate this Case
Before: HALL, THOMPSON, and RYMER, Circuit Judges.
Daniel Lee Holterman and Paul Julian Maney appeal pro se the district court's summary judgment in favor of defendants in their 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action alleging racially-discriminatory cell-assignment practices. We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291 and affirm.
We review a grant of summary judgment de novo. Federal Deposit Ins. Corp. ("FDIC") v. Henderson, 940 F.2d 465, 471 (9th Cir. 1991).
Holterman and Maney contend that the district court erred by finding that they had not presented sufficient evidence of intentional discrimination by defendants. This contention lacks merit.
Prisoners have a right not be assigned to cells in a racially-discriminatory fashion. Cruz v. Beto, 405 U.S. 319, 321 (1972) (per curiam). To prevail on a motion for summary judgment on such a claim, however, prisoners must provide evidence of racially-discriminatory intent or purpose. See Hernandez v. New York, 500 U.S. 352, 359-60 (1991); FDIC, 940 F.2d at 471.
Defendants presented evidence to show that Holterman and Maney were separated for medical and security reasons. Upon a review of this record, we conclude that plaintiffs did not present sufficient evidence to establish a genuine issue of material fact concerning defendants' racially-discriminatory intent in separating plaintiffs. See FDIC, 940 F.2d at 471. Accordingly, the district court did not err by granting summary judgment for defendants. See id.