972 F.2d 338 (4th Cir. 1992), 91-6592, Bland v. Lassiter

Docket Nº:91-6592, 91-6593.
Citation:972 F.2d 338
Party Name:William Thomas BLAND, Plaintiff-Appellant, and Linda Kay BLAND, Plaintiff, v. Fay LASSITER; Danny Thompson, Defendants-Appellees. Linda Kay BLAND, Plaintiff-Appellant, and William Thomas BLAND, Plaintiff, v. Fay LASSITER; Danny Thompson, Defendants-Appellees.
Case Date:August 17, 1992
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
 
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972 F.2d 338 (4th Cir. 1992)

William Thomas BLAND, Plaintiff-Appellant,

and

Linda Kay BLAND, Plaintiff,

v.

Fay LASSITER; Danny Thompson, Defendants-Appellees.

Linda Kay BLAND, Plaintiff-Appellant,

and

William Thomas BLAND, Plaintiff,

v.

Fay LASSITER; Danny Thompson, Defendants-Appellees.

Nos. 91-6592, 91-6593.

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

August 17, 1992

Editorial Note:

This opinion appears in the Federal reporter in a table titled "Table of Decisions Without Reported Opinions". (See FI CTA4 Rule 36 regarding use of unpublished opinions)

Argued: May 6, 1992

As Amended Oct. 5, 1992.

Appeals from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, at Raleigh. Franklin T. Dupree, Jr., Senior District Judge. (CA-90-123-CRT-D)

E.D.N.C.

AFFIRMED.

ARGUED: Amy Jabloner, Student Attorney, Appellate Advocacy Clinic, Washington College of Law, THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, Washington, D.C., for Appellants. Sylvia Hargett Thibaut, Assistant Attorney General, NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Raleigh, North Carolina, for appellees. ON BIREF: Jennifer Lyman, Appellate Advocacy Clinic, Washington College of Law, THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, Washington, D.C., for Appellants. Lacy H. Thornburgh, Attorney General, NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Raleigh, North Carolina, for Appellees.

Before HALL and LUTTIG, Circuit Judges, and KELLAM, Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, sitting by designation.

KELLAM, Senior District Judge:

OPINION

William Thomas Bland (husband) and Linda Kay Bland (wife) (nee Sutton), inmates of the North Carolina Department of Corrections, appeal from the District Court's order denying relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, challenging the policy utilized by the Department of officially listing all inmates by the name of their original entry into the prison system. Wife earlier had entered the Department of Corrections under the name of Linda Sutton. Prior to her reentry in 1990, she had married William Thomas Bland. After she reentered the system, she was advised that pursuant to departmental policy she would be officially carried on their records as Linda Sutton and she should so notify her family and friends. Plaintiffs objected and asserted the record keeping violated their constitutional rights to...

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