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Bishop v. Sheriff Hamilton County

United States District Court, Sixth Circuit

July 11, 2013

JASON BISHOP, Plaintiff,
v.
SHERIFF HAMILTON COUNTY, et al., Defendants.

ORDER AND REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

STEPHANIE K. BOWMAN, Magistrate Judge.

Plaintiff, an inmate at the Correctional Reception Center, brings this civil rights action against defendants Hamilton County Sheriff and two unknown fugitive warrant detectives. On May 5, 2013, the undersigned issued a Report and Recommendation recommending that plaintiff's complaint be dismissed for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. (Doc. 4). On May 22, 2013, plaintiff submitted a motion to amend or correct his complaint, as well as objections to the Report and Recommendation. (Docs. 8, 9). Plaintiff's motion to amend or correct his complaint (Doc. 8) is GRANTED.

This matter is now before the Court for a sua sponte review of the amended complaint to determine whether the complaint, or any portion of it, should be dismissed because it is frivolous, malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted or seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. See 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915(e)(2)(B) and 1915A(b).

Liberally construed, plaintiff's amended complaint states a First Amendment claim against defendants under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff has alleged that his legal materials and medical records were destroyed pursuant to the defendant Sheriff's policy and that he has suffered actual injury as a result. (Doc. 8, p. 2). At this juncture plaintiff's First Amendment claim may proceed.

However, plaintiff's remaining claims must be dismissed. For the reasons stated in the May 5, 2013 Report and Recommendation, plaintiff has failed to state a due process or Fourth Amendment claim based on the seizure of his property. Accordingly, it is RECOMMENDED that these claims be dismissed. See 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915(e)(2)(B) and 1915A(b).

IT IS THEREFORE RECOMMENDED THAT:

1. Plaintiff's due process and Fourth Amendment claims be DISMISSED with prejudice on the ground that these claims fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.

2. The Court certify pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a) that for the foregoing reasons an appeal of any Order adopting this Report and Recommendation would not be taken in good faith and therefore deny plaintiff leave to appeal in forma pauperis. Plaintiff remains free to apply to proceed in forma pauperis in the Court of Appeals. See Callihan v. Schneider, 178 F.3d 800, 803 (6th Cir. 1999), overruling in part Floyd v. United States Postal Serv., 105 F.3d 274, 277 (6th Cir. 1997).

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT:

1. Plaintiff's motion to amend (Doc. 8) is GRANTED.

2. The United States Marshal shall serve a copy of the amended complaint, summons, the separate Order granting prisoner in forma pauperis status, the May 3, 2012 Report and Recommendation, and this Order and Report and Recommendation upon defendants, as directed by plaintiff. All costs of service shall be advanced by the United States.

3. Plaintiff shall serve upon defendants or, if appearance has been entered by counsel, upon defendants' attorney(s), a copy of every further pleading or other document submitted for consideration by the Court. Plaintiff shall include with the original paper to be filed with the Clerk of Court a certificate stating the date a true and correct copy of any document was mailed to defendants or their counsel. Any paper received by a district judge or magistrate judge which has not been filed with the clerk or which fails to include a certificate of service will be disregarded by the Court.

4. Plaintiff shall inform the Court promptly of any changes in his address which may occur during ...


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