Gloverv.Alabama Dept. of Corrections

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh CircuitFeb 27, 1985
753 F.2d 1569 (11th Cir. 1985)

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No. 83-7122.

February 27, 1985.

Jack M. Curtis, Montgomery, Ala., for Towns.

Bobby N. Bright, Gen. Counsel, Ala. Dept. of Corrections, Montgomery, Ala., for State of Ala., Dept. of Corrections.

Frank Wilson, Montgomery, Ala., for plaintiff-appellee.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

Before GODBOLD, Chief Judge, RONEY and SMITH, Circuit Judges.

Honorable Edwards S. Smith, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit, sitting by designation.

ON PETITIONS FOR REHEARING AND SUGGESTION FOR REHEARING EN BANC [2] (Opinion June 18, 1984, 11 Cir., 1984, 734 F.2d 691).


Judgment was ordered against Towns in his individual capacity since the Eleventh Amendment barred recovery for actions taken in his official capacity. Towns' actions were taken, though, while he was on duty. Throughout the litigation and on appeal, Towns was represented by the Attorney General, Pursuant to the discretionary power of the court to award attorney's fees under the Civil Rights Attorney's Fees Award Act of 1976, 42 U.S.C.A. § 1988, the fact that damages were awarded against Towns in his individual capacity did not preclude the assessment of attorney's fees against the State. See Williams v. Thomas, 692 F.2d 1032, 1039 (5th Cir. 1982), cert. denied, ___ U.S. ___, 103 S.Ct. 3115, 77 L.Ed.2d 1369 (1983).

IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that the Petitions for Rehearing are DENIED, and no member of this panel nor Judge in regular active service on the Court having requested that the Court be polled on rehearing en banc (Rule 35, Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure; Eleventh Circuit Rule 26), the Suggestion for Rehearing En Banc is DENIED.

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