Baker v. James et al
ORDER directing the Clerk to prepare summonses for Defendants James, Powell, and Trantaham through the Arkansas Department of Correction Compliance Division; directing the U.S. Marshal to serve copies of 2 Complaint and 6 Amended Complaint with any attachments and summonses for these Defendants without prepayment of fees, costs, or security; and directing the Clerk to terminate Defendant Griffin and the ADC as party Defendants. Signed by Magistrate Judge Beth Deere on 9/26/2016. (mef)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
CASE NO. 5:16-CV-279-JLH-BD
DAVID JAMES, et al.
Lee Baker, an Arkansas Department of Correction (“ADC”) inmate, filed this
lawsuit without the help of a lawyer under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. (Docket entry #2) Because
his original complaint was deficient, the Court gave Mr. Baker an opportunity to amend
his complaint. (#5) Mr. Baker has now filed his amended complaint. (#6)
Based on the allegations in his original and amended complaints, Mr. Baker has
stated deliberate-indifference claims against Defendants James, Powell, and Trantaham.
In addition, he has stated retaliation claims against Defendants James and Trantaham.
Service is now proper for those Defendants.
The Clerk is directed to prepare summonses for Defendants James, Powell, and
Trantaham. The United States Marshal is directed to serve copies of the complaint and
amended complaint, with any attachments (#2, #6), and summonses for these Defendants,
without requiring prepayment of fees and costs or security. Service for these Defendants
should be through the Arkansas Department of Correction Compliance Division, P.O.
Box 20550, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71612.
In his amended complaint, Mr. Baker requests that Defendants Griffin and the
ADC be dismissed from this lawsuit. (#6 at p.2) That request is granted, and the Clerk is
instructed to terminate Defendant Griffin and the ADC as party Defendants.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 26th day of September, 2016.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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