Cox v. Norris et al

Filing 14

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS 6 dismissing complaint, this dismissal counting as a "strike,"; and certifying that an ifp appeal from this order and judgment would not be taken in good faith. Signed by Judge Brian S. Miller on 12/16/09. (bkp) Modified on 12/16/2009 to correct typographical error (jct).

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF DIVISION DAVID COX ADC # 800083 v. 5:09-cv-00300-BSM-JJV PLAINTIFF LARRY NORRIS, Director, Arkansas Department of Correction; ROY AGEE, Interstate Compact Administrator, Arkansas Department of Correction; and ELIZABETH RICE, Interstate Compact Administrator, Kansas Department of Correction ORDER DEFENDANTS The court has reviewed the proposed findings and recommended disposition submitted by United States Magistrate Judge Joe J. Volpe and the Plaintiff's objections. After carefully considering the objections and making a de novo review of the record in this case, 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 respects. It should be noted that in his objection, plaintiff clarified his religious freedom claim to state that he has attempted to utilize the grievance procedures to obtain spiritual items, such as a medicine bag, prayer feather, ceremonial pipe, and tom-toms. Attached to plaintiff's complaint is a letter from Chaplain Wilson stating, "The Native American items are being reviewed by the Ad-Hoc Committee. I will let you know something when I know something." Plaintiff has failed, however, to name a defendant that he alleges is responsible for the alleged religious freedom violation. Therefore, this claim is dismissed. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that this action is DISMISSED, and dismissal of this action shall count as a "strike" for purposes of 28 U.S.C. 1915(g).1 All pending motions are DENIED as moot. The court FURTHER CERTIFIES, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1915(a)(3), that an in forma pauperis appeal from this order and judgment would not be taken in good faith. DATED this 16th day of December, 2009. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE Title 28 U.S.C. 1915(g) provides that: "In no event shall a prisoner bring a civil action or appeal a judgment in a civil action under this section if the prisoner has, on 3 or more prior occasions, while incarcerated or detained in any facility, brought an action or appeal in a court of the United States that was dismissed on the grounds that it is frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted . . . . 2 1

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