Valles v. Arpaio et al

Filing 3

ORDER (Service Packet) that Plaintiff's Application to Proceed in Forma Pauperis is granted. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is dismissed as a Defendant. Pty terminated. The Clerk of Court shall send Plaintiff a service packet for Defendant Arpaio. This matter is referrd to Magistrate Judge Virginia A. Mathis. Service Packet due by 5/18/2006.. Signed by Judge David G Campbell on 4/28/06. (TLJ)

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Valles v. Arpaio et al Doc. 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 TERMPSREF JDN WO IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA Rene Valles, Plaintiff, vs. Joseph Arpaio, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. CV 06-1043-PHX-DGC (VAM) ORDER This is one of more than one thousand civil rights actions filed since September 2004 by Maricopa County Jail inmates.1 Plaintiff is an inmate at the Lower Buckeye Jail in Phoenix, Arizona. The Court will require an answer to the Complaint. A. Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis & Filing Fee Plaintiff's request to proceed in forma pauperis will be granted. 28 U.S.C. 1915(a). Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1915(b)(1), Plaintiff is required to pay the statutory filing fee of $250.00 this action. An initial partial filing fee of $14.50 will be assessed by this Order. 28 U.S.C. 1915(b)(1). By separate order, the Court will direct the appropriate agency to collect the initial partial filing fee from Plaintiff's trust account and forward it to the Clerk Many inmates apparently believe that they will receive an immediate payout from a fund established in Hart v. Hill, No. CV 77-0479-PHX-EHC (MS) (D. Ariz.). No such fund exists. The inmates in Hart asked for injunctive relief and not monetary damages. The Court at this time expresses no opinion whether Plaintiff's lawsuit may result in an award of damages. 1 28 Case 2:06-cv-01043-DGC-VAM Document 3 Filed 04/28/2006 Page 1 of 5 Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 TERMPSREF of Court. Plaintiff will be obligated for monthly payments of 20 percent of the preceding month's income credited to Plaintiff's trust account. The Court will direct the appropriate agency to collect these monthly payments, which will be forwarded to the Clerk of Court each time the amount in Plaintiff's account exceeds $10.00, until the filing fee is paid in full. 28 U.S.C. 1915(b)(2). Plaintiff should take notice that if he is released before the filing fee is paid in full, he must pay the remaining unpaid amount of the filing fee within 120 days of the date of his release. If Plaintiff fails to pay the remainder of the filing fee within 120 days of the date of his release, the action will be dismissed, unless Plaintiff shows good cause, in writing, why he is unable to pay the remainder of the filing fee. B. Statutory Screening of Prisoner Complaints The Court is required to screen complaints brought by prisoners seeking relief against a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity. 28 U.S.C. 1915A(a). The Court must dismiss a complaint or portion thereof if the Plaintiff has raised claims that are legally "frivolous or malicious," that fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or that seek monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. 1915A(b)(1), (2). C. Complaint Plaintiff's action concerns his previous confinement at the Fourth Avenue Jail in Phoenix, Arizona. In his Complaint Plaintiff alleges that he was confined in the hole for 24 hours a day, he was given inadequate food, and the living conditions were unsanitary. He claims that he suffered staph infections and starvation. Plaintiff further alleges that Defendant Joseph Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff, is liable because he oversees the operations at the jail. These allegations adequately state a claim, and the Court will require an answer to the Complaint. D. Dismissal In Arizona, the responsibility of operating jails and caring for prisoners is placed by law upon the sheriff. See A.R.S. 11-441(A)(5); A.R.S. 31-101. A sheriff's office is -2Document 3 Filed 04/28/2006 Page 2 of 5 Case 2:06-cv-01043-DGC-VAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 TERMPSREF simply an administrative creation of the county sheriff to allow him to carry out his statutory duties, and not a "person" amenable to suit pursuant to 1983. Accordingly, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office will be dismissed from this action as an improper Defendant. E. Rule 41 Cautionary Notice Plaintiff should take notice that if he fails to timely comply with every provision of this Order, or any order entered in this matter, this action will be dismissed pursuant to Rule 41(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. See Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 126061 (9th Cir. 1992) (district court may dismiss action for failure to comply with any order of the Court). IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT: (1) Plaintiff's Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis is granted pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1915(a)(1). (2) Plaintiff is obligated to pay the statutory filing fee of $250.00 for this action. An initial partial filing fee in the amount of $14.50 is assessed. All fees shall be collected and paid in accordance with this Court=s Order to the appropriate government agency filed concurrently herewith. (3) The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is dismissed as a Defendant. (4) The Clerk of Court shall send Plaintiff a service packet including the Complaint, this Order, and both summons and request for waiver forms for Defendant Arpaio. (5) Plaintiff shall complete and return the service packet to the Clerk of Court within 20 days of the date of filing of this Order. The United States Marshal will not provide service of process if Plaintiff fails to comply with this Order. (6) If Plaintiff does not either obtain a waiver of service of the summons or complete service of the Summons and Complaint on each Defendant within 120 days of the filing of the complaint or within 60 days of the filing of this Order, whichever is later, the action may be dismissed as to each Defendant not served pursuant to Rule 4(m) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Rule 16.2(b)(2)(B)(i) of the Local Rules of Civil Procedure. (7) The United States Marshal shall retain the Summons, a copy of the Complaint, -3Document 3 Filed 04/28/2006 Page 3 of 5 Case 2:06-cv-01043-DGC-VAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 TERMPSREF and a copy of this Order for future use. (8) The United States Marshal shall notify Defendant of the commencement of this action and request waiver of service of the summons pursuant to Rule 4(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The notice to Defendant shall include a copy of this Order. The Marshal shall file waivers of service of the summons or requests for waivers that were returned as undeliverable as soon as they are received. If a waiver of service of summons is not returned by a Defendant within thirty days from the date the request for waiver was sent by the Marshal, the Marshal shall: (a) Personally serve copies of the Summons, Complaint, and this Order upon the Defendant pursuant to Rule 4(e)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; (b) Within 10 days after personal service is effected, file the return of service for the Defendant, along with evidence of the attempt to secure a waiver of service of the summons and of the costs subsequently incurred in effecting service upon the Defendant. The costs of service shall be enumerated on the return of service form (USM-285) and shall include the costs incurred by the Marshal for photocopying additional copies of the Summons, Complaint, or this Order and for preparing new process receipt and return forms (USM-285), if required. Costs of service will be taxed against the personally served defendant pursuant to Rule 4(d)(2) and (5) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, unless otherwise ordered by the Court. (9) A Defendant who agrees to waive service of the Summons and Complaint shall return the signed waiver forms to the United States Marshal, not the Plaintiff. (10) Defendant shall answer the Complaint or otherwise respond by appropriate motion within the time provided by the applicable provisions of Rule 12(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. (11) Any answer or responsive pleading shall state the specific Defendant(s) by name on whose behalf it is filed. The Court may strike any answer, responsive pleading, or other motion or paper that does not identify the specific Defendant(s) by name on whose behalf it is filed. -4Document 3 Filed 04/28/2006 Page 4 of 5 Case 2:06-cv-01043-DGC-VAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 TERMPSREF (12) Plaintiff shall serve upon Defendant, or if appearance has been entered by counsel, upon counsel, a copy of every further pleading or other document submitted for consideration by the Court. Plaintiff shall include with the original document and copy, to be filed with the Clerk of the Court, a certificate stating the date a true and correct copy of the pleading or document was mailed to Defendant or counsel. Any paper received by a District Court Judge or Magistrate Judge which has not been filed with the Clerk of Court may be disregarded by the Court. (13) At all times during the pendency of this action, Plaintiff shall immediately advise the Court and the United States Marshal of any change of address and its effective date. Such notice shall be captioned "NOTICE OF CHANGE OF ADDRESS." The notice shall contain only information pertaining to the change of address and its effective date. Plaintiff shall serve a copy of the notice on all opposing parties. The notice shall not include any motions for any other relief. Failure to file a Notice of Change of Address may result in the dismissal of the action for failure to prosecute pursuant to Rule 41(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. (14) A clear, legible copy of every pleading or other document filed shall accompany each original pleading or other document filed with the Clerk for use by the District Judge or Magistrate Judge to whom the case is assigned. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the pleading or document being stricken without further notice to Plaintiff. (15) This matter is referred to Magistrate Judge Virginia A. Mathis pursuant to Rules 72.1 and 72.2 of the Local Rules of Civil Procedure. DATED this 28th day of April, 2006. Case 2:06-cv-01043-DGC-VAM -5Document 3 Filed 04/28/2006 Page 5 of 5

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