Sierra v. McGuiness et al

Filing 31

ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Gary S. Austin on 7/22/2010 denying 21 Motion for leave to file supplemental complaint; directing clerk to return 29 Lodged supplemental complaint to Plaintiff and granting 30 Motion for Extension of time to file amended complaint. (Amended Complaint due by 8/26/2010). (Lundstrom, T)

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(PC) Kenneth Alan Sierra v. McGuiness et al Doc. 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 / 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 I. BACKGROUND Kenneth Alan Sierra ("Plaintiff") is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983. This action was filed by plaintiff on August 27, 2009. (Doc. 1.) On February 2, 2010, the court issued an order dismissing the complaint, with leave to file an amended complaint. (Doc. 10.) Plaintiff has been granted three extensions of time but has not yet filed an amended complaint. On June 11, 2010, Plaintiff filed a motion for leave to file a supplemental complaint and lodged a proposed 1 Dockets.Justia.com UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA KENNETH ALAN SIERRA, Plaintiff, v. McGUINESS, et al., 1:09-cv-01514-LJO-GSA-PC ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE SUPPLEMENTAL COMPLAINT (Doc. 21.) ORDER DIRECTING CLERK TO RETURN LODGED SUPPLEMENTAL COMPLAINT TO PLAINTIFF (Doc. 29.) Defendants. ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR FOURTH EXTENSION OF TIME TO FILE AMENDED COMPLAINT (Doc. 30.) THIRTY DAY DEADLINE FOR PLAINTIFF TO FILE FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 supplemental complaint for the court's review. (Docs. 21, 29.) On July 16, 2010, Plaintiff filed a motion for an extension of time to file an amended complaint. (Doc. 30.) II. MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE SUPPLEMENTAL COMPLAINT A party may only file a supplemental complaint with leave of court. Fed.R.Civ.P. 15(d). Plaintiff requests leave to file a supplemental complaint which includes allegations of events occurring after the original complaint in this action was filed. Among other allegations, Plaintiff's proposed supplemental complaint alleges that defendants denied him of pain medication, denied him appropriate housing, illegally extracted him from his cell, and stole his property. All of these events allegedly occurred after the complaint was filed on August 27, 2009. Plaintiff is advised that an exhaustion requirement applies to his case. Pursuant to the Prison Litigation Reform Act ("PLRA") of 1995, "[n]o action shall be brought with respect to prison conditions under [42 U.S.C. 1983], or any other Federal law, by a prisoner confined in any jail, prison, or other correctional facility until such administrative remedies as are available are exhausted." 42 U.S.C. 1997e(a). The Section 1997e(a) exhaustion requirement applies to all prisoner suits relating to prison life. Porter v. Nussle, 435 U.S. 516, 532 (2002). Prisoners must complete the prison's administrative process, regardless of the relief sought by the prisoner and regardless of the relief offered by the process, as long as the administrative process can provide some sort of relief on the complaint stated. Booth v. Churner, 532 U.S. 731, 741 (2001). "All 'available' remedies must now be exhausted; those remedies need not meet federal standards, nor must they be 'plain, speedy, and effective." ' Porter, 534 U.S. at 524 (citing Booth, 532 U.S. at 739 n. 5). Exhaustion must occur prior to filing suit. McKinney v. Carey, 311 F.3d 1198, 1199-1201 (9th Cir.2002). Plaintiff may not exhaust while the suit is pending. McKinney, 311 F.3d at 1199-1201. Because the supplemental complaint contains allegations of events occurring after the date the original complaint in this action was filed, Plaintiff cannot have exhausted his administrative remedies with regard to those allegations before filing suit. Under the PLRA, Plaintiff is not allowed to bring unexhausted claims. Therefore, Plaintiff shall not be granted leave to file the supplemental complaint. 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 II. MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME TO FILE AMENDED COMPLAINT Plaintiff has requested a thirty-day extension of time in which to file an amended complaint, pursuant to the court's order of February 2, 2010. Good cause appearing, the extension shall be granted. III. CONCLUSION Based on the foregoing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 1. 2. Plaintiff's motion to file a supplemental complaint is DENIED; The Clerk of Court is DIRECTED to return to Plaintiff the supplemental complaint lodged on June 11, 2010; 3. Plaintiff's motion for extension of time to file an amended complaint is GRANTED; and 4. Within thirty days from the date of service of this order, Plaintiff shall file a First Amended Complaint, pursuant to the court's order of February 2, 2010. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: 6i0kij July 22, 2010 /s/ Gary S. Austin UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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