Dunlap v. Cooper et al (INMATE2)
ORDER overruling the 5 Objection; adopting the 4 Recommendation; dismissing the case with prejudice prior to service of process pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i). Signed by Honorable Judge W. Harold Albritton, III on 11/4/2011. (br, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
ROOSEVELT DUNLAP, #12937-002,
CORPORAL COOPER, et al.,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:11cv738-WHA
This case is before the court on the Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge (Doc. #4),
entered on September 15, 2011, together with the Plaintiff's Objection thereto (Doc. #5), filed on
October 3, 2011. After having conducted an independent evaluation and de novo review of this
case, the court finds the objection to be without merit.
Plaintiff objects to the Recommendation that his Complaint be dismissed under 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(e)(2)(B). Plaintiff was incarcerated at the Lee County Detention Center for 5-6 days in
April 2011 (Plaintiff is a federal inmate and appears to have been in transit during his
incarceration at the county jail.). His Complaint alleges a violation of his Eighth Amendment
right to be free from unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Specifically, Plaintiff alleges
that he was forced to shower without shower slides in an environment that contained waste and
bacteria from the bodies of numerous men. Plaintiff, who has "peeling feet," alleged that
Defendants' conduct put him at risk for serious health problems and he feared that he may have
picked up a parasitic bacteria as he has since experienced hives, facial swelling, headaches,
increased skin peeling, and vision problems.
Plaintiff's objection does not provide a basis on which to withdraw the findings and
conclusions in the Recommendation. Plaintiff's repeated concerns that the unhygienic state of
the showers at the jail may have possibly caused an infection and endangered his future health
remain speculative. Further, while the state of the showers may have been quite unpleasant, as
explained in the Recommendation, Plaintiff's complaint in that regard "is not the type of extreme
deprivation that can be described as cruel and unusual punishment. See Hutto v. Finney, 437
U.S. 678, 686-87 (1978) ("the length of confinement cannot be ignored in deciding whether the
confinement meets constitutional standards. A filthy, overcrowded cell and a diet of 'grue' might
be tolerable for a few days and intolerably cruel for weeks or months").
Plaintiff's objection is without merit and is hereby overruled. The court adopts the
Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, and it is hereby
ORDERED that this case is DISMISSED with prejudice prior to service of process
pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i).
DONE this 4th day of November, 2011.
/s/ W. Harold Albritton
W. HAROLD ALBRITTON
SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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