|CHRISTOPHER E. LONGSTRETH,||No. 04-6160
(D.C. No. CV-03-1074-C)
The Constitution affords inmates a right of access to the courts, along with which comes a duty to provide prisoners with adequate access to law libraries. Bounds v. Smith, 430 U.S. 817, 828 (1977). However, this right is not absolute. See Penrod v. Zavaras, 94 F.3d 1399, 1403 (10th Cir. 1996) (noting that the Constitution does not require states to give inmates unlimited access to a law library). As a result, it is incumbent upon the plaintiff to demonstrate
that the alleged shortcomings in the library or legal assistance program hindered his efforts to pursue a legal claim. He might show, for example, that a complaint he prepared was dismissed for failure to satisfy some technical requirement which, because of deficiencies in the prison's legal assistance facilities, he could not have known.
Lewis v. Casey, 518 U.S. 343, 351 (1996). In the instant case, Appellant has simply failed to demonstrate how Appellee's alleged actions have hindered his efforts to pursue an actual legal claim; thus he cannot establish a violation of his right to access the courts under Bounds. Furthermore, because he cannot prove impermissible restrictions on his library access, Appellant's claim of retaliation must also fail.
Therefore, we AFFIRM the denial of application for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on substantially the grounds stated below.
ENTERED FOR THE COURT
David M. Ebel
*.After examining appellant's brief and the appellate record, this panel has determined unanimously that oral argument would not materially assist the determination of this appeal. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a)(2) and 10th Cir. R. 34.1(G). The case is therefore ordered submitted without oral argument. This Order and Judgment is not binding precedent, except under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, and collateral estoppel. The 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.