Ford v. Meinzer et al
ORDER that pltf shall file an amended complaint as directed within 30 days of this Order. Signed by Magistrate Judge Beth Deere on 9/13/12. (vjt)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
ERIC LEE FORD
CASE NO.: 5:12CV00268 BSM/BD
CURTIS MEINZER, et al.
Andy Reid, an inmate in the Varner Supermax unit (“VSM”) of the Arkansas
Department of Correction, began this lawsuit challenging his participation in the VSM
incentive program. Reid v. Meinzer, et al., Case No. 5:12CV230 KGB/BD (E.D.Ark.
June 27, 2012). Mr. Reid amended his complaint to add several additional inmate
plaintiffs, including Plaintiff Eric Lee Ford. When it became apparent that the plaintiffs
had various, incongruent claims, the Court severed the lawsuit. Mr. Ford is now
proceeding in this separate action.
Neither the complaint nor the amended complaint mentions Mr. Ford. (Docket
entries #2 and #4) There is no indication that Mr. Ford suffered any of the violations
alleged in the complaints. Mr. Ford filed grievance forms and declarations, but it appears
that he has not exhausted any issue presented in the complaints. (#10) Instead, his
allegations focus on Officer Williams, who is not a named Defendant. (#10, p. 2-4)
As it stands, Mr. Ford has not stated a claim for relief against any named
Defendant. He cannot rely on general statements by other inmates that do not implicate
his involvement or mention the constitutional deprivation he allegedly suffered.
Accordingly, Mr. Ford must file an amended complaint. He must describe each alleged
violation, name the individuals responsible for each alleged violation, state the capacity in
which he is suing each defendant, and describe the injury or deprivation he suffered.
Mr. Ford is ordered to file his amended complaint within thirty (30) days of this
Order. Failure to timely and completely comply to this Order may result in dismissal of
this action. See Local Rule 5.5(c)(2).
DATED this 13th day of September, 2012.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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