Coscia v. Town Of Pembroke, No. 10-1714 (1st Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
The district court declined to enter judgment on on the pleadings, in favor of defendants, in a case under 42 U.S.C. 1983. The complaint alleged that defendants failed to provide medical services to an inmate, who had threatened suicide and engaged in self-destructive behavior, while in custody following a single-car accident.The inmate committed suicide 14 hours after release. The First Circuit reversed. The allegations went beyond the requirements of due process; there was no claim of state-created or augmented risk, and 14 hours at liberty is not reasonably compatible with any claim that normal sources of support were effectively blocked.