Cochran v. Farver
ORDER approving in part and rejecting in part 66 the proposed findings and partial recommended disposition; granting 57 Defendants' motion for summary judgment and dismissing all claims against the defendants; and denying 73 Cochran's motion for trial. Signed by Chief Judge Brian S. Miller on 10/29/2012. (kdr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
JAMES DAVID COCHRAN
CASE NO. 5:11CV00036 BSM/BD
RICKY D. FARVER, Sergeant, Maximum Security Unit,
Arkansas Department of Correction et al.
The proposed findings and partial recommended disposition submitted by United
States Magistrate Judge Beth Deere [Doc. No. 66] and the filed objections [Doc. Nos. 67-68]
have been reviewed. After carefully considering these documents and making a de novo
review of the record, it is concluded that the proposed findings and recommended disposition
should be, and hereby are, approved and adopted in part and rejected in part.
The finding that the official capacity claims against defendants Ricky D. Farver and
Lance Hall should be dismissed on the basis of sovereign immunity is approved and adopted.
Because plaintiff James David Cochran’s amended complaint [Doc. No. 41] failed to state
whether he was suing the defendants in their individual capacities, the defendants are entitled
to summary judgment as a matter of law as to the remaining claims. “If a plaintiff’s
complaint is silent about the capacity in which [he] is suing the defendant, we interpret the
complaint as including only official-capacity claims.” Baker v. Chisom, 501 F.3d 920, 923
(8th Cir. 2007) (citing to Egerdahl v. Hibbing Cmty. Coll., 72 F.3d 613, 619 (8th Cir. 1995)).
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that:
Defendants’ motion for summary judgment [Doc. No. 57] is granted and all
claims against the defendants are dismissed.
Cochran’s motion for trial date [Doc. No. 73] is denied.
An appropriate judgment shall accompany this order.
Dated this 29th day of October 2012.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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