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Porter v. Hill

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Nov 2, 2010
402 F. App'x 285 (9th Cir. 2010)


No. 09-35524.

Submitted October 19, 2010.

The panel unanimously concludes this case is suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed.R.App.P. 34(a)(2). Accordingly, appellant's request for oral argument is denied.

Filed November 2, 2010.

Mark Dewayne Porter, Ontario, OR, pro se.

Linda Wicks, Assistant Attorney General, Oregon Department of Justice, Salem, OR, for Defendants-Appellees.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Owen M. Panner, District Judge, Presiding. D.C. No. 1:07-cv-00605-CL.

Before: O'SCANNLAIN, LEAVY, and TALLMAN, Circuit Judges.


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

Mark Dewayne Porter, an Oregon state prisoner, appeals pro se from the district court's summary judgment in his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action alleging that his legal mail was opened outside his presence in violation of his constitutional rights. We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291. We review de novo. Bahrampour v. Lampert, 356 F.3d 969, 973 (9th Cir. 2004). We may affirm on any ground supported by the record, San Jose Christian Coll. v. City of Morgan Hill, 360 F.3d 1024, 1030 (9th Cir. 2004), and we affirm.

Defendants were entitled to summary judgment based on qualified immunity because the law concerning the opening of prisoners' legal mail outside their presence was not clearly established at the time the alleged violations occurred. See Pearson v. Callahan, 555 U.S. 223, 129 S.Ct. 808, 822, 172 L.Ed.2d 565 (2009) (concluding that state officers were entitled to qualified immunity because their actions did not violate clearly established law); Sherman v. MacDougall, 656 F.2d 527, 528 (9th Cir. 1981) (reserving issue of whether there is a constitutional violation where a prison official opens a prisoner's legal mail out-side the prisoner's presence).

Porter's remaining contentions are un-persuasive.

Porter's "Motion for Stay of Obayence" [sic] is denied.


Summaries of

Porter v. Hill

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Nov 2, 2010
402 F. App'x 285 (9th Cir. 2010)
Case details for

Porter v. Hill

Case Details

Full title:Mark Dewayne PORTER, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Jean HILL; et al.…

Court:United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Date published: Nov 2, 2010


402 F. App'x 285 (9th Cir. 2010)

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