Augustine v. Thomas et al
ORDER finding that Augustine's complaints will be dismissed without prejudice for failure to state a claim. An in forma pauperis appeal from this Order and accompanying Judgment will not be taken in good faith. Signed by Judge D. P. Marshall Jr. on 9/11/2015. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
N. THOMAS, Lieutenant, FCI Forrest City;
HAWKINS, Case Manager; T. RADSON,
Counselor, FCI Forrest City; RELVES, Captain,
FCI Forrest City; MYERS, SIA Lieutenant, FCI
Forrest City; B. HUNT; Unicor Officer; RIVIERA,
Warden, FCI Forrest City; WATSON, SHU Lieutenant,
FCI Forrest City; DUBE-GILLEY, Unit Manager, FCI
Forrest City; BRADSHAW, Corrections Officer;
HAULK, Corrections Officer; and JOHN DOES
The Court must screen Augustine's complaint and amended complaint.
28 U.S.C. § 1915A.
1. Augustine's Fourteenth Amendment allegations fail to state a claim.
He didn't have a federally protected liberty interest in avoiding placement in
the Special Housing Unit for three months. Sandin v. Conner, 515 U.S. 472,484
(1995); Phillips v. Norris, 320 F.3d 844, 847 (8th Cir. 2003); Orr v. Larkins, 610
F.3d 1032, 1034 (8th Cir. 2010). Accordingly, he didn't have a constitutional
right to a hearing or other due process protections before being placed in that
part of the prison. Ibid. Nor did he have the right to have Defendants comply
with internal rules about periodically reviewing his SHU placement. Phillips,
320 F.3d at 847.
2. Augustine's conclusory equal protection allegation also fails to state
a claim. Augustine hasn't pleaded any facts suggesting Defendants
purposefully treated him differently than other similarly situated prisoners.
Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 677-78 (2009); Patel v. United States Bureau of
Prisons, 515 F.3d 807,815 (8th Cir. 2008).
3. Augustine's Eighth Amendment allegation fails to state a claim as
well. Nothing in his complaints suggests the conditions he endured in the
SHU amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. Hudson v. McMillian, 503
U.S. 1, 9 (1992); Phillips, 320 F.3d at 848.
4. Augustine's complaints will be dismissed without prejudice for
failure to state a claim. An in forma pauperis appeal from this Order and
accompanying Judgment will not be taken in good faith.
D.P. Marshall Jf.
United States District Judge
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