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Plaintiff - Appellant,



Defendants - Appellees.

No. 98-6174

D.C. No. 97-CV-909)

(W.D. Okla.)


Before PORFILIO, KELLY, and HENRY, Circuit Judges.(**)

Mr. Lee Traylor, an inmate appearing pro se in this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action, appeals from a grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendants. The district court adopted, over Mr. Traylor's objection, the magistrate judge's report and recommendation. On appeal, Mr. Traylor contends that he has been denied a liberty interest without due process and equal protection based upon classification changes culminating in his transfer to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary where he was placed in protective custody in a single cell. The summary judgment record indicates that prison officials moved Mr. Traylor based upon safety concerns of other inmates. Despite Mr. Traylor's characterization of the transfer as "summary punishment," his due process claim is barred by Sandin v. Conner, 515 U.S. 472 (1995). The confinement alleged does not implicate a protected liberty interest. See id. at 486. Mr. Traylor's equal protection challenge is likewise without merit--Defendants established that any disparate treatment is rationally related to a legitimate governmental purpose. See Riddle v. Mondragon, 83 F.3d 1197, 1207 (10th Cir. 1996).

We have liberally construed Mr. Traylor's pro se pleadings, see Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520-21 (1972) (per curiam), and reviewed the district court's grant of summary judgment on his remaining claims de novo, see Barney v. Pulsipher, 143 F.3d 1299, 1306 (10th Cir. 1998). We affirm for substantially the same reasons given by the district court, including the report and recommendation of the magistrate judge. See R. docs. 15 & 17.


Entered for the Court

Paul J. Kelly, Jr.

Circuit Judge

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*. This order and judgment is not binding precedent, except under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, and collateral estoppel. This court generally disfavors the citation of orders and judgments; nevertheless, an order and judgment may be cited under the terms and conditions of 10th Cir. R. 36.3.

**. After examining the briefs and the appellate record, this three-judge panel has determined unanimously that oral argument would not be of material assistance in the determination of this appeal. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a); 10th Cir. R. 34.1 (G). The cause is therefore ordered submitted without oral argument.

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