Jones v. Franklin et al
MEMORANDUM OF OPINION - The magistrate judge filed a report and recommendation on March 24, 2015. Having carefully reviewed and considered de novo all the materials in the court file, including the report and recommendation and the objections ther eto, the Court is of the opinion that the magistrate judge's report is due to be and is hereby ADOPTED and the recommendation is ACCEPTED. Accordingly, the complaint is due to be dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A (b)(1) for failing to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. A Final Judgment will be entered. Signed by Judge L Scott Coogler on 5/20/15. (CTS, )
2015 May-20 PM 03:28
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
RANDAL ROY JONES,
ANNE FRANKLIN, et al.,
Case No. 5:14-cv-01534-LSC-JEO
MEMORANDUM OF OPINION
The magistrate judge filed a report and recommendation on March 24, 2015,
recommending that this action filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 be dismissed under
28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1) for failing to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.
(Doc. 6). Specifically, the magistrate judge determined that the plaintiff failed to
allege any actual injury sufficient to entitle him to compensatory damages due to
exposure to paint fumes while incarcerated at the Morgan County Jail. (Doc. 6 at 67). The plaintiff filed objections to the report and recommendation on April 10, 2015.
The plaintiff contends that he painted from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day
and from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. most nights for four to six months during his
incarceration at the Jail. (Doc. 8 at 2). He alleges the ventilation system exacerbated
the fumes by spreading them throughout the Jail. (Id.). The plaintiff now claims in
his objections that he suffers from COPD and has been prescribed albuterol sulfate.
(Id. at 1). The plaintiff further claims that he cannot be fitted for eyeglasses “because
of film covering [his] eyes” and he is slowly losing his eyesight. (Id.).
The plaintiff does not allege in his complaint that he has received any medical
diagnosis that the conditions he suffers from are a direct result of his incarceration at
the Morgan County Jail.1 Therefore, the plaintiff’s claims that he suffers from these
medical conditions due to his exposure to paint at the Jail are merely speculative.
Moreover, the plaintiff has not alleged any facts in his complaint for this court
to make a finding that the defendants were deliberately indifferent to the conditions
at the Jail. The plaintiff’s factual allegations show that, at most, the defendants were
negligent in exposing the plaintiff and other inmates and staff to paint fumes.
However, a prison official’s negligent conduct will not support a finding of liability
under § 1983. Farmer v. Brennan, 511 U.S. 825, 835-39 (1995); Davidson v.
Cannon, 474 U.S. 344, 347-48 (1986); Brown v. Hughes, 894 F.2d 1533, 1537 (11th
Having carefully reviewed and considered de novo all the materials in the court
file, including the report and recommendation and the objections thereto, the Court
The plaintiff complains that the magistrate judge denied his motion for appointment of
counsel. (Doc. 8 at 1). He states he needs counsel in order to obtain medical records to support his
conditions. (Id.). However, the court takes as true the plaintiff’s allegations that he suffers from
is of the opinion that the magistrate judge’s report is due to be and is hereby
ADOPTED and the recommendation is ACCEPTED. Accordingly, the complaint is
due to be dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1) for failing to state a claim
upon which relief may be granted. A Final Judgment will be entered.
Done this 20th day of May 2015.
L. Scott Coogler
United States District Judge
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