Everett v. McPherson Prison
ORDER adopting 16 Proposed Findings and Recommended Disposition submitted by United States Magistrate Judge Patricia S. Harris; plaintiff's complaint is dismissed without prejudice for failure to respond to the Court's order; the Court certifies that an in forma pauperis appeal taken from the order and judgment dismissing this action is considered frivolous and not in good faith. Signed by Judge Susan Webber Wright on 4/12/16. (tjb)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
LITTLE ROCK DIVISION
LISA ROCHELLE EVERETT
NO: 4:15CV00547 SWW
Plaintiff Lisa Rochelle Everett, a former prisoner in the Arkansas Department of Correction
(ADC), brings this pro se 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action against the ADC’s McPherson Unit for damages
arising out of her alleged exposure to a “certain black, dark substance” that began to “rain down”
on her as the staff was cleaning the air conditioning unit on August 26, 2014. Everett claims she was
sleeping at the time and that some of this substance went into her mouth and deposited over her
upper body causing her to become ill. Everett, who is no longer incarcerated, claims she is still
suffering from the incident.
Now before the Court are Proposed Findings and Recommended Disposition submitted by
United States Magistrate Judge Patricia S. Harris. No objections have been filed.1 After careful
Plaintiff has, however, filed a belated motion for order [doc.#17] in which she asks
Judge Harris to “order that I would be able to receive my medical record from McPherson
Medical Department.” The Court denies this motion as Judge Harris has already denied
plaintiff’s request for those medical records, explaining to plaintiff that “[b]ased on plaintiff’s
filings in this matter, it does not appear that access to her medical records at this time would
enable her to identify the individuals who were responsible for her exposure to the black, dark
substance about which she complains. Plaintiff was ordered to submit an amended complaint
identifying the individuals responsible for the alleged violations, e.g., her exposure to the
substance. She has not at this time been ordered to produce information about any medical
treatment she may have received.” See Order of February 23, 2016 (denying plaintiff’s motion
for reconsideration of the denial of her motion to compel) [doc.#15].
consideration, the Court concludes that the Proposed Findings and Recommended Disposition
should be, and hereby are, approved and adopted in their entirety as this Court's findings in all
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT:
Plaintiff’s complaint is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE for failure to respond
to the Court’s order.
The Court certifies that an in forma pauperis appeal taken from the order and
judgment dismissing this action is considered frivolous and not in good faith.
DATED this 12th day of April, 2016.
/s/Susan Webber Wright
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
The Court observes as well that the alleged incident of which Everett complains
describes at the most negligence (a term Everett herself uses). Mere negligence, however, is not
actionable under § 1983. See, e.g., Carter v. Arkansas Department of Correction, No.
5:08cv00222, 2008 WL 4102719, at *3 (E.D. Ark. Sept. 3, 2008).
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