Wolff v. McDonnell

PETITIONER:Wolff
RESPONDENT:McDonnell
LOCATION:Nebraska Penal and Correctional Center (now known as Nebraska State Penitentiary)

DOCKET NO.: 73-679
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1972-1975)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

CITATION: 418 US 539 (1974)
ARGUED: Apr 22, 1974
DECIDED: Jun 26, 1974

ADVOCATES:
Douglas F. Duchek – for respondent pro hac vice, by special leave of Court
Melvin Kent Kammerlohr – for the petitioner
Robert H. Bork –

Facts of the case

The detainee of a Nebraska state prison filed a lawsuit claiming that the conditions of their remaining, especially, disciplinary rules, contradicted with the due process and Fourteenth amendment principles. He brought the claim on behalf of other prisoners. The plaintiff was punished for such misbehavior as the loss of time that was defined by the opinions of the wardens. The other issue of the suit was that the correspondence of the inmates and their advocates was checked by the prison`s authority.