UNITED STATES V. DEMKO, 385 U. S. 149 (1966)

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U.S. Supreme Court

United States v. Demko, 385 U.S. 149 (1966)

United States v. Demko

No. 76

Argued November 8, 1966

Decided December 5, 1966

385 U.S. 149


Respondent, a federal prisoner, was injured while performing an assigned prison task. He filed claim for compensation benefits under 18 U.S.C. § 4126, and received an award which was to be paid monthly upon discharge and to continue while he was disabled. He then filed suit under the Federal Tort Claims Act. The Government's defense that the § 4126 remedy was exclusive was rejected by the District Court, and the Court of Appeals affirmed.

Held: the compensation system provided in 18 U.S.C. § 4126 reasonably and fairly covers federal prisoners who are injured in prison employment, and is the exclusive remedy to protect that group. United States v. Muniz, 374 U. S. 150, distinguished. Pp. 151-154,

350 F.2d 698, reversed.

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