Matthews v. Hayman, et al (INMATE 1)
ORDERED as follows: 1) Plf's 114 objection is OVERRULED; 2) The court ADOPTS the 111 Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge; 3) The court finds in favor of the Plf and against the Dfts Haymons and Blue on the excessive force and failure to p rotect claims, and awards the Plf $500 in damages for which the Dfts are jointly and severally liable; 4) Costs are taxed against the Dfts Clarence Haymons and Bill Blue; DIRECTING the clerk to promptly furnish the Plf with forms necessary to file a claim for costs. Signed by Honorable Judge W. Harold Albritton, III on 11/30/2015. (wcl, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FORTHE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
COREY MATTHEWS, #168496,
CLARENCE HAYMONS, DENNIS
MEEKS, PRESTON HUGHES, BILL BLUE,
and DAVID ANDERSON,
CASE NO. 2:12-cv-870-WHA
This case is before the court on the Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge (Doc.
#111), entered on October 22, 2015, and the Plaintiff’s Objection (Doc. #114), filed on
November 6, 2015.
This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action by a county jail inmate who suffered injury during an
altercation with a correctional officer. The Magistrate Judge earlier recommended the granting
of motions for summary judgment as to certain claims and summary judgment as to all claims on
behalf Defendants Dennis Meeks, Preston Hughes, and David Anderson, with the case to
proceed against only the Defendants Haymons and Blue on claims of excessive force and failure
to protect lodged against them in their individual capacities. On September 15, 2015, this court
adopted the Recommendation over objections filed by both the Plaintiff and Defendants (Doc.
#98). On October 14, 2015, the Magistrate Judge conducted an evidentiary hearing, no jury
demand having been made, and then entered his findings and Recommendation that judgment be
entered in favor of the Plaintiff and against the Defendants Haymons and Blue on the excessive
force and failure to protect claims, and that the Plaintiff be awarded $500 in damages.
The court has conducted an independent evaluation and de novo review of the entire file
in this case, together with a transcript of the evidentiary hearing. Having done so, the court finds
the Plaintiff’s objection to be without merit.
The Plaintiff argues that the $500 damages award was inadequate in that it “does not
even cover the expense [he] was subjected to in his attempt to obtain” relief and is inadequate to
compensate him for his physical injury. He also argues that it does not provide adequate
punitive damages for the “emotional distress, torture, humiliation, and mental anguish” he
A review of the transcript shows that the only evidence presented by the Plaintiff was that
he suffered a strained knee ligament as a result of the force used against him. There was no
evidence with respect to “emotional distress, torture, humiliation, and mental anguish” which
would provide a basis for punitive damages above the total damages amount recommended. The
court agrees with the Magistrate Judge that $500 is an adequate amount for compensatory
damages and agrees that there was no basis for awarding additional punitive damages.
In regard to the expenses incurred by the Plaintiff in this case, the court will tax costs in
this case against the Defendants. The Plaintiff is advised of his right to file a cost bill with the
clerk of court to claim reimbursement for certain legally recoverable costs and expenses. It must
be filed within 30 days from this date, and failure to file within that time period will be deemed a
For the foregoing reasons, it is hereby ORDERED as follows:
1. Plaintiff’s objection is OVERRULED.
2. The court ADOPTS the Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge.
3. The court finds in favor of the Plaintiff and against the Defendants Haymons and Blue
on the excessive force and failure to protect claims, and awards the Plaintiff $500 in damages for
which the Defendants are jointly and severally liable.
4. Costs are taxed against the Defendants Clarence Haymons and Bill Blue. The clerk is
DIRECTED to promptly furnish the Plaintiff with forms necessary to file a claim for costs.
DONE this 30th day of November, 2015.
/s/ W. Harold Albritton
W. HAROLD ALBRITTON
SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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