Stone v. Rutherford et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION Signed by Chief Judge Karon O Bowdre on 9/21/15. (SAC )
2015 Sep-21 PM 03:48
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
CHARLES LEE STONE,
STACEY RUTHERFORD, Investigator,
) Case No. 5:15-cv-0318-KOB-JEO
MEMORANDUM OF OPINION
The magistrate judge filed a report and recommendation on July 27, 2015,
recommending that this action filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 be dismissed under
28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b) for failing to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.
(Doc. 7). The plaintiff, having been advised of his right to file objections, has filed
both a motion to object (doc. 8) and a motion to amend complaint (doc. 9).
In his motion to amend, the plaintiff states he seeks to add Officers Flannery
and W. Freeman as defendants. (Doc. 9). The plaintiff explains he did not originally
name these two individuals because he had no room to add their names on the
complaint. He alleges that Officer Flannery apparently left handcuffs on the
plaintiff’s wrists for too long, and Officer Freeman had something to do with the
removal of property from the Ryder truck.1 The plaintiff also alleges that Dr.
Williams, already named as a defendant in his original complaint, gave the plaintiff
Tylenol, which may have damaged the plaintiff’s liver.
“[A] district court may properly deny leave to amend . . . when such
amendment would be futile.” Jeremiah v. Burnette, 297 F. App’x 854, 855 (11th Cir.
2008) (citing Hall v. United Ins. Co. of Am., 367 F.3d 1255, 1263 (11th Cir. 2004).
See also Cockrell v. Sparks, 510 F.3d 1307, 1310 (11th Cir. 2007) (“Leave to amend
a complaint is futile when the complaint as amended would still be properly
dismissed or be immediately subject to summary judgment for the defendant.”). The
plaintiff’s proposed addition of defendants and facts neither raises new constitutional
claims, nor elevates the claims in his original pleading to a constitutional level. The
court DENIES the motion to amend (doc. 8), as the proposed amendment would be
In his motion to object, which the court treats as objections, the plaintiff asserts
that he “did get sick on a number of times because his [blood] sugar was low,” which
“could have made [him] go into a diabetic coma,” and that he had “asked Doctor
Williams for [a] snack.” (Doc. 8). The plaintiff also alleges that Officers Flannery
See Report and Recommendation entered July 27, 2015 (doc. 7, at 3-5) for a discussion
of the facts underlying the plaintiff’s claims.
and Freeman should have been named in the complaint concerning property the
Huntsville Police Department took from the plaintiff when they stopped the truck he
was driving. (Id.)
The court construes the plaintiff’s claim that he got sick because his blood
sugar was low, which could have made him go into a diabetic coma, as an objection
to the court’s finding that the plaintiff’s allegations against Dr. Williams failed to
state an Eighth Amendment claim for deliberate indifference. Even given the
plaintiff’s additional allegation that he could have gone into a diabetic coma from low
blood sugar, the plaintiff still fails to state a cognizable Eighth Amendment claim.
Such allegations, without more, are insufficient to raise a claim of constitutional
proportions. See e.g., Taylor v. Adams, 221 F.3d 1254, 1258 (11th Cir. 2000)
(internal quotation marks omitted) (stating that relief under § 1983 for deliberate
indifference to serious medical needs requires wanton conduct that rises above
accidental inadequacy, negligence in diagnosis or treatment, or even medical
malpractice). Therefore, the court OVERRULES his objections.
Having carefully reviewed and considered de novo all the materials in the court
file, including the report and recommendation and the objections, the court ADOPTS
the magistrate judge’s report and ACCEPTS his recommendation. Accordingly, the
that court finds that the plaintiff’s motion to amend (doc. 9) is due to be DENIED and
that the complaint is due to be dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b) for failing
to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.
The court will enter a final Order.
DONE and ORDERED this 21st day of September, 2015.
KARON OWEN BOWDRE
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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