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Court: Prison officials can't be sued

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BISMARCK (AP) -- A federal appeals court says four North Dakota state penitentiary officials cannot be sued by an inmate who claimed they failed to prevent an attack by a fellow inmate.

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James Norman's lawsuit alleged prison officials should have protected him from a September 2005 assault that left him with a cut above the eye, a broken nose, abrasions and a concussion.

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