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Morris v. Vasquez

filed*fn*: October 16, 1992.

JACK LLOYD MORRIS, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
DANIEL VASQUEZ, DEFENDANT-APPELLEE.



Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. D.C. No. CV-87-6018-TEH. Thelton E. Henderson, District Judge, Presiding

Before: Beezer, Hall, and Wiggins, Circuit Judges.

MEMORANDUM

Jack Lloyd Morris, a California state prisoner, appeals pro se the district court's order dismissing his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action as frivolous pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(d).*fn1 We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291. We review for abuse of discretion, see Denton v. Hernandez, 112 S. Ct. 1728, 1734 (1992), and affirm.

In May 1987, prison officials charged Morris with a disciplinary violation for stabbing another inmate. Morris received written notice of the charges and an investigative officer was assigned to aid him. A disciplinary hearing was held at which Morris had an opportunity to call witnesses and present documentary evidence. After the hearing, Morris was found guilty and received two years in the security housing unit. The decision was upheld through three levels of administrative review.

Morris contends his due process rights were violated because the evidence presented at the hearing was false. He alleges the corrections officers who reported the incident originally stated the fight took place in one yard and later were allowed to change their statements to report the fight took place in a different yard. In addition, Morris alleges the investigative officer failed to obtain the "yard sheet" as Morris requested.

"There need only be 'some evidence' supporting the findings by a prison disciplinary committee in order to satisfy due process." Bostic v. Carlson, 884 F.2d 1267, 1269-70 (9th Cir. 1989) (citing Superintendent v. Hill, 472 U.S. 445, 454 (1985)). "The relevant question is whether there is any evidence in the record that could support the Conclusion reached by the disciplinary board." Hill, 472 U.S. at 455-56.

In this case, there appears to have been some confusion over which yard the stabbing occurred in. Moreover, it is not clear whether the "yard sheet" was considered by prison officials. Nevertheless, the record contains evidence that Morris was involved in a fight with the inmate who was stabbed and that Morris had been attacking the inmate's head and shoulders. The inmate was stabbed in the jaw and upper chest. A homemade knife was found near the scene of the altercation. Because this evidence supports the finding of guilt, Morris was not deprived of his right to due process. See Hill, 472 U.S. at 455-56; Bostic, 884 F.2d at 1269-70. Accordingly, the district court did not abuse its discretion by dismissing Morris's complaint as frivolous. See Hernandez, 112 S. Ct. at 1734.

AFFIRMED.

Disposition

AFFIRME ...


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