Lee v. Miller County, Arkansas et al

Filing 59

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS re 47 MOTION to Amend/Correct 7 Amended Complaint filed by Russell Lee, recommending that the motion to amend be construed to be a motion to dismiss, that the motion be granted and that all claims against Major Turner and Warden Neff be dismissed. Objections to R&R due by 6/18/2009. Signed by Honorable Barry A. Bryant on June 1, 2009. (cap)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS TEXARKANA DIVISION RUSSELL LEE v. Civil No. 4:08-cv-04102 PLAINTIFF MILLER COUNTY, ARKANSAS; SHERIFF RAMBO; WARDEN JANICE NICHOLSON; SGT. DOLLY SIMMONS; DON THORNELL, Acting Sheriff of Miller County; SGT. BAYLESS; MAJOR G. TURNER; and WARDEN NEFF DEFENDANTS REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE Plaintiff, Russell Lee, filed this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983 on October 23, 2008. He proceeds in forma pauperis and pro se. Pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. 636(b)(1) and (3)(2007), the Honorable Jimm Larry Hendren, United States District Judge, referred this case to the undersigned for the purpose of making a report and recommendation. On March 4, 2009, Plaintiff filed a motion to amend the complaint (Doc. 21). He sought to add Major G. Turner and Warden Neff as Defendants. He maintained they had retaliated against him for attempting to work out a settlement of this lawsuit. Specifically, he indicated they had threatened to block his transfer to the Arkansas Department of Correction. The motion to amend (Doc. 21) was granted by order entered on march 23, 2009 (Doc. 27). Major Turner and Warden Neff were served and answered the complaint on April 8, 2009 (Doc. 40). On April 20, 2009, Plaintiff filed a motion to amend his complaint (Doc. 47). In the motion to amend he asks to dismiss Major Turner and Warden Neff as Defendants (Doc. 47). -1- I recommend that the motion to amend be construed to be a motion to dismiss and the motion be granted (Doc. 47). All claims against Major Turner and Warden Neff should be dismissed. The parties have ten days from receipt of the report and recommendation in which to file written objections pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 636(b)(1). The failure to file timely objections may result in waiver of the right to appeal questions of fact. The parties are reminded that objections must be both timely and specific to trigger de novo review by the district court. DATED this 1st day of June 2009. /s/ Barry A. Bryant BARRY A. BRYANT UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE -2-

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