Williams v. Wetzel

Williams, an inmate in state prison, filed a petition for review in the nature of mandamus in the Commonwealth Court’s original jurisdiction. He alleged that his rights were violated when he was fired from his job in the prison’s kitchen. Williams was fired after an officer discovered several pounds of sugar concealed in Williams’s boots. The Commonwealth Court granted summary declaratory and injunctive relief in favor of Williams. The PA Supreme Court reversed, finding the Commonwealth Court did not possess original jurisdiction. Because Williams did not identify a protected liberty or property interest, he could not state a claim in the Commonwealth Court for a denial of due process by prison officials.

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