Waller v. Kelley et al
ORDER declining to accept 127 proposed findings and recommended partial disposition of magistrate judge. This action is again referred to Magistrate Judge Ray for disposition or recommended disposition, as appropriate, for all pretrial matters, including a reconsideration of Kelleys motion for summary judgment. Signed by Judge J. Leon Holmes on 1/9/2013. (mcz)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
KENNETH L. WALLER, JR., ADC #103829
No. 1:11CV00095 JLH/JTR
WENDY KELLEY, Deputy Director,
Arkansas Department of Correction, et al.
On December 4, 2012, United States Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray submitted proposed
findings and recommended partial disposition in which he recommended that the motion for summary
judgment filed by Wendy Kelley be granted on the ground that Kenneth L. Waller, Jr., failed to name
her in any grievance that was exhausted prior to the time he filed his complaint in this action. On
December 13, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued an unpublished,
per curiam opinion holding that the exhaustion requirement under the Prison Reform Litigation Act
is satisfied when the prison officials decide the inmate’s grievance on the merits, even if the
individuals named in the inmate’s lawsuit as defendants were not specifically named in the grievance.
Bower v. Kelley, No. 12-1678, 2012 WL 6199266 (8th Cir., Dec. 13, 2012) (per curiam).1
Here, it appears that Waller exhausted several grievances prior to commencing this action,
although none of them identified Kelley by name. See Document #89-1. Because Bower v. Kelley
was decided after Magistrate Judge Ray issued his proposed findings and recommended partial
disposition, he did not have the opportunity to consider the impact that that decision might have in
this action. Nor did the parties have the opportunity to brief the issue.
The Eighth Circuit issued its mandate in Bower v. Kelley on January 4, 2013, so that
decision is now final.
Accordingly, the Court declines to accept the proposed findings and recommended partial
disposition. Document #127. This action is again referred to Magistrate Judge Ray for disposition
or recommended disposition, as appropriate, for all pretrial matters, including a reconsideration of
Kelley’s motion for summary judgment.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 9th day of January, 2013.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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