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Haywood v. Drown
Docket No.: 07-10374 Certiorari Granted: Jun 16 2008 Argued: December 3, 2008 Decided: May 26, 2009
PartyNames: Keith Haywood v. Curtis Drown, et al. Petitioner: Keith Haywood Respondent: Curtis Drown, et al.
Court Below: Court of Appeals of New York
Keith Haywood v. Curtis Drown, et al.
Whether a state’s withdrawal of jurisdiction over certain damages claims against state corrections employees — from state courts of general jurisdiction — may be constitutionally applied to exclude federal claims under Section 1983, especially when, as here, the state legislature withdrew jurisdiction because it concluded that permitting such lawsuits is bad policy
Does a state law barring civil claims against corrections officers violate the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution when it prohibits an inmate from bringing a claim for a violation of his civil rights under 42 U.S.C. 1983?