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Foster v. Verkouteren

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Nov 23, 2010
405 F. App'x 102 (9th Cir. 2010)


No. 09-56396.

Submitted November 16, 2010.

The panel unanimously concludes this case is suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed.R.App.P. 34(a)(2).

Filed November 23, 2010.

Richard Lee Foster, Lancaster, CA, pro se.

Terrence F. Sheehy, Esquire, Deputy Attorney General, AGCA-Office of the California Attorney General, San Diego, CA, for Defendant-Appellee.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, Cathy Ann Bencivengo, Magistrate Judge, Presiding. D.C. No. 3:08-cv-00554-CAB.

The parties consented to the jurisdiction of the magistrate judge. See 28 U.S.C. § 636.

Before: TASHIMA, BERZON, and CLIFTON, Circuit Judges.


This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by 9th Cir. R. 36-3.

Richard Lee Foster, a California state prisoner, appeals pro se from the district court's summary judgment in his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action alleging that a prison official used excessive force under the Eighth Amendment. We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291. We review de novo, White v. Roper, 901 F.2d 1501, 1503 (9th Cir. 1990), and we affirm.

The district court properly granted summary judgment on Foster's excessive force claim because Foster failed to raise a triable issue as to whether Verkouteren used physical force "maliciously and sadistically to harm him" rather than "in a good-faith effort to maintain or restore discipline." Hudson v. McMillian, 503 U.S. 1, 7, 112 S.Ct. 995, 117 L.Ed.2cl 156 (1992) (core judicial inquiry in excessive force claim is whether force was malicious and sadistic or a good-faith disciplinary effort); see also White, 901 F.2d at 1507 (use of force not excessive where inmate resisted entering cell and only suffered a minor cut and some bruises).

Foster's allegation of an ex parte meeting between the district judge and Verkouteren does not warrant reversal because Foster provides no evidence of the alleged meeting and he cannot show that he was unfairly prejudiced. See Alexander Shokai Inc. v. Comm'r, 34 F.3d 1480, 1484-85 (9th Cir. 1994) (no due process violation where ex parte communications did not unfairly prejudice party).


Summaries of

Foster v. Verkouteren

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Nov 23, 2010
405 F. App'x 102 (9th Cir. 2010)
Case details for

Foster v. Verkouteren

Case Details

Full title:Richard Lee FOSTER, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. A. VERKOUTEREN…

Court:United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Date published: Nov 23, 2010


405 F. App'x 102 (9th Cir. 2010)