The opinion of the court was delivered by: Richard Mills, District Judge:
Pippins is a state prisoner.
This is a civil rights action.
Pippins claims that while he was a pretrial detainee, Defendants
violated his constitutional rights by: subjecting him to harsh
conditions of confinement, infringing on the exercise of his
religious beliefs, denying him access to the courts, and
disciplining him without due process.
This matter is before the Court for consideration of the parties'
cross-motions for summary judgment.
Judgment is granted in favor of Defendants.
Summary judgment "shall be rendered forthwith if the pleadings,
depositions, answers to interrogatories, and admissions on file,
together with affidavits, if any, show that there is no genuine
issue as to any material fact and that the moving party is
entitled to a judgment as a matter of law." Fed.R.Civ.P. 56(c);
Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 322, 106 S.Ct. 2548, 2552,
91 L.Ed.2d 265 (1986); Herman v. National Broadcasting Co., Inc.,
744 F.2d 604, 607 (7th Cir. 1984), cert. denied, 470 U.S. 1028,
105 S.Ct. 1393, 84 L.Ed.2d 782 (1985). In determining whether
factual issues exist, the court must view all the evidence in the
light most favorable to the non-moving party. Beraha v. Baxter
Health Corp., 956 F.2d 1436, 1440 (7th Cir. 1992).
However, Rule 56(c) "mandates the entry of summary judgment,
after adequate time for discovery and upon motion, against a
party who fails to make a showing sufficient to establish the
existence of an element essential to that party's case, and on
which that party will bear the burden of proof at trial."
Celotex, 477 U.S. at 322, 106 S.Ct. at 2552. "Where the record
taken as a whole could not lead a rational trier of fact to find
for the non-moving party there is no `genuine' issue for trial."
Mechnig v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 864 F.2d 1359 (7th Cir. 1988). A
"metaphysical doubt" will not suffice. Matsushita Elec. Industrial
Co. v. Zenith Radio Corp., 475 U.S. 574, 586, 106 S.Ct. 1348, 1356,
89 L.Ed.2d 538 (1986). Disputed facts are material only if they
might affect the outcome of the suit. First Ind. Bank v. Baker,
957 F.2d 506, 507-08 (7th Cir. 1992).
Pippins, currently an Iowa state prisoner, was a pretrial
detainee at the Adams County, Illinois, Jail at all times relevant
to this action (i.e., from July 19, 1992, through September 28,
1992, and again from November 3, 1992, through January 22, 1993).
Pippins brings this suit against the Adams County Jail and its
administrator, Louis Fergueson.*fn1 He alleges that during his
two periods of confinement at the jail, he was: denied any
opportunity to exercise; was not provided with a Muslim diet; was
not allowed access to a Koran or to a chaplain of his faith; was
"locked down" for ten days as punishment without any hearing; was
denied proper bedding; and was denied access to the courts.
Accepting Plaintiffs allegations as true, the Court earlier found
that the complaint stated an arguable claim for relief under
42 U.S.C. § 1983 and allowed Plaintiff to proceed on his claims
in forma pauperis.
The more fully developed record, however, shows that Defendants
are entitled to judgment as a matter of law.*fn2 The Court will
address each of Plaintiffs claims in turn.