Sweatt v. Conley, et al.

An inmate claimed his imprisonment with or near smokers involuntarily exposed him to unhealthy secondhand tobacco smoke and violated his constitutional rights.  On appeal, this appellate court affirmed the trial court's dismissal of the suit on various procedural grounds, finding that the plaintiff failed to state a claim for writ of mandamus, that the trial court lacked subject matter jurisdiction to hear the plaintiff's request for declaratory relief, and that the trial court lacked venue to hear the plaintiff's claim alleging violation of his civil rights.


Sweatt v. Conley, et al., Appeal No. 01-A-01-9706-CH-00247, Court of Appeals of Tennessee, Middle Section at Nashville (1997).

  • United States
  • Dec 5, 1997
  • Court of Appeals of Tennessee, Middle Section at Nashville


Plaintiff Antonio Sweatt


  • Dale Basham, Inmate Relations Coordinator
  • Dr. Harold Butler, Medical Physician
  • Edna Freeman, Health Administrator
  • Hattie Moore, Inmate Relations Coordinator
  • Robert Conley, Warden
  • Shelia Roberts, Counsel
  • William Calhoun, Unit Manager

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