Avery v. Benton County Detention Center et al
ORDER adopting in part 18 Report and Recommendations; Connect Phone Service and Keefe Commisary Supply are dismissed.. Signed by Honorable P. K. Holmes, III on June 2, 2014. (src)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
ROBERT W. AVERY
Case No. 5:14-CV-05008
CAPTAIN GUYLL, Jail Administrator, Benton County
Detention Center; SERGEANT SHARP, Benton County
Detention Center; KEEFE COMMISSARY SUPPLY;
UNKNOWN FOOD SERVICE CO.; LIEUTENANT
DARNER, Benton County Detention Center; SERGEANT
HEATH, Benton County Detention Center; DEPUTY
FREE, Benton County Detention Center; DEPUTY LONG,
Benton County Detention Center; DEPUTY THIELE,
Benton County Detention Center; SHERIFF KELLY
CRADDUCK, Benton County; LIEUTENANT
MARTINEZ; CONNECT PHONE SERVICE
Currently before the Court are the findings and recommendations (Doc. 18) of the Magistrate.
Also before the Court are Plaintiff’s timely filed objections (Doc. 22). For the reasons stated below,
the Court adopts the Magistrate’s recommendations in part.
The Magistrate recommends dismissing Plaintiff’s claims regarding inadequacy of the law
library, the rates charged for telephone calls, and the rates charged for commissary items at the
Benton County Detention Center. As a result, the Magistrate recommends pre-service dismissal of
Keefe Commissary Supply and Connect Phone Service as defendants to this case.
As to his claims regarding inadequacy of the law library, Plaintiff claims that he was harmed
in not being able to adequately act as his own counsel in various criminal cases pending against him.
Plaintiff claims, in particular, that he was not able to find case law cited to by state prosecutors in
a “petition to revoke.” While not rich in detail, the Court finds that these allegations suffice to defeat
dismissal at this early stage of litigation. The Court therefore declines to adopt the magistrate’s
recommendation that Plaintiff’s claims regarding inadequacy of the law library be dismissed.
As to the rates charged for telephone calls and commissary items, Plaintiff again states that
the rates are exorbitant. Plaintiff also cites to certain Arkansas statutes that he alleges have been
violated. The Court agrees with the Magistrate that no constitutional violation has been alleged as
to these claims, and—assuming that Plaintiff may have some cognizable claim under state law—the
Court declines to exercise jurisdiction over any state-law claims now raised in Plaintiff’s objections.
The Court, therefore, ADOPTS the Magistrate’s findings and recommendations as to these claims.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the Court ADOPTS IN PART the Magistrate’s findings
and recommendations (Doc. 18) as set forth above. The Court declines to adopt the recommendation
that Plaintiff’s claim as to inadequacy of the Benton County Detention Center’s law library be
dismissed. That claim will remain pending. The Court adopts the recommendation that claims
regarding exorbitant rates charged for telephone calls and commissary items be dismissed.
As a result, IT IS ORDERED, that Plaintiff’s federal claims regarding rates charged for
telephone calls and rates charged for commissary items are DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE as
frivolous and for failure to state a claim. Keefe Commissary Supply and Connect Phone Service are
therefore DISMISSED as Defendants in this matter.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 2nd day of June, 2014.
/s/P. K. Holmes, III
P.K. HOLMES, III
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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