Blair v. Terry, No. 18-1486 (8th Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against the deputy warden, alleging that the deputy warden failed to protect him from harm by fellow inmates. The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of the deputy warden's motion for judgment as a matter of law, and held that the evidence did not establish that the deputy warden acted with deliberate indifference. In this case, plaintiff's statements to the deputy warden were speculative and non-specific, and plaintiff's stated suspicions were insufficient to show that the deputy warden knew of a specific risk to plaintiff if he returned to general population.