Melancon v. County of Los Angeles (Aug. 9, 2002, B152446) 2002 WL 1824962 [nonpublished opinion]

Prisoner’s mother brought § 1983 action against county and county psychiatrists after prisoner died from pulmonary embolism while he was in the forensic inpatient program unit with psychiatric problems.  The trial court granted summary judgment for defendants.  Mother appealed.

The Court of Appeal held that: (1) evidence did not support a finding of deliberate indifference by psychiatrists to prisoner’s medical needs, and (2) no custom, policy or practice of the county amounted to deliberate indifference.