Sandin v. Conner

515 U.S. 472 (1995)


Respondent Conner, a Hawaii prison inmate, was accused of multiple incidents of misconduct perpetrated on prison administrative officers. A disciplinary hearing was held, but the Respondent was not permitted to present any witnesses on his behalf. The Respondent received 30 days of administrative segregation. However, prison officials later determined that at least one charge against the Respondent was insufficient based on insubstantial evidence and expunged it from his record. The Respondent asserted that the prison's failure to allow him to present witnesses at the disciplinary hearing deprived him of his Fourteenth Amendment procedural Due Process rights. The District Court held in favor of the prison officials. The Appeals court reversed. The U.S. Supreme Court reversed in favor of the prison officials.