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Parolee Not Harmed by Missing Trial Against Prison Officials

July 7, 2020, 6:58 PM

Parolees don’t have a constitutional right to attend their own civil trials, though the court may issue a writ of habeas corpus to compel the state to bring him in to testify, the Second Circuit said Tuesday.

But Ronald Davidson didn’t properly ask for such a writ, and, even if he did, he didn’t show that his physical presence was necessary, the court said in an opinion by Judge Steven J. Menashi.

Represented by counsel, Davidson sued prison officials in Buffalo, N.Y., for retaliation and being deliberately indifferent to several medical conditions. Before trial, however, he was paroled and moved...

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