Bryant v. Shasta County Sheriff's Department et al
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney on 3/7/2017 ORDERING Plaintiff's amended complaint will be accepted as the operative complaint. The Clerk of the Court is directed to issue and send plaintiff 3 summonses. The Clerk shall also send plaintiff 3 copies of the form "Consent to Proceed Before U.S. Magistrate Judge." Plaintiff shall complete service of process on defendants within 60 days. Plaintiff shall serve a copy of this order and a copy of the form "Conse nt to Proceed Before U.S. Magistrate Judge" on defendants at the time the summons and amended complaint are served. Defendants are informed that they may consent to have this case tried by a U.S. Magistrate Judge while preserving their right to appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Defendants shall reply to the amended complaint within the time provided in FRCP 12(a). Plaintiff's Fourth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clause claims identified under the heading "First Cause of Action" are DISMISSED. (Reader, L)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
No. 2:16-cv-2147 CKD P
SHASTA COUNTY SHERIFF’S
DEPARTMENT, et al.,
Plaintiff is proceeding through counsel with a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §
1983. Plaintiff has paid the filing fee and has consented to have all matters in this action before a
United States Magistrate Judge. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(c).
On January 5, 2017, the court screened plaintiff’s complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§1915A. The next day, plaintiff filed an amended complaint addressing some of the deficiencies
identified by the court in the screening order. While plaintiff did not file a motion seeking leave
to amend, leave to amend will be granted in the spirit of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(a)(1)
which provides for amendment as a matter of course early on in cases to, among other things,
cure deficiencies in pleadings once such deficiencies come to the attention of the plaintiff.
Since plaintiff was a prisoner when this action was commenced, and since he seeks relief
against governmental officers and employees, the court must screen his amended complaint
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. The court has conducted the required screening and finds that
plaintiff may proceed on the claims against the defendants identified with two exceptions:
plaintiff fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted under the Fourth Amendment or
under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as alleged by plaintiff in his “First
Cause of Action.”
In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiff‘s amended complaint will be accepted as the operative complaint.
2. The Clerk of the Court is directed to issue and send plaintiff three summonses. The
Clerk shall also send plaintiff three copies of the form “Consent to Proceed Before United States
3. Plaintiff shall complete service of process on defendants within sixty days. Plaintiff
shall serve a copy of this order and a copy of the form “Consent to Proceed Before United States
Magistrate Judge” on defendants at the time the summons and amended complaint are served.
Defendants are informed that they may consent to have this case tried by a United States
Magistrate Judge while preserving their right to appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
4. Defendants shall reply to the amended complaint within the time provided in Fed. R.
Civ. P. 12(a).
5. Plaintiff’s Fourth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clause claims
identified under the heading “First Cause of Action” are dismissed.
Dated: March 7, 2017
CAROLYN K. DELANEY
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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