Martin v. Dade CI. Florida City's

Filing 14

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS on 42 USC 1983 case re 1 Complaint filed by Eric Martin Recommending that this complaint be dismissed without prejudice for lack of prosecution. Objections to R&R due by 1/22/2010. Signed by Magistrate Judge Patrick A. White on 1/5/2010. (br)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA CASE NO. 09-22095-CIV-LENARD MAGISTRATE JUDGE P.A. WHITE ERIC MARTIN, Plaintiff, v. CAPTAIN PARKER, et al, Defendants. : : : : : REPORT OF MAGISTRATE JUDGE Eric Martin, filed a pro se civil rights complaint, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983. He was permitted to proceed in forma pauperis. The sole named defendant was the Dade Correctional Institution. The plaintiff alleged that he was injured when he was attacked by a fellow inmate who should not have been confined in his cell after he warned officers about his fear that the inmate was going to attack him. The plaintiff was ordered to file an amendment to name the individuals responsible for the actions. The plaintiff filed an amended complaint (DE#10) in which he named Captains Parker and Love. Review of the complaint revealed no allegations against Love, and the claims against Parker were unclear. An attack of one inmate by another is not a constitutional violation. In this case it appears that following the attack, the violent inmate may have been cuffed by the Defendant, in which case there may be no constitutional violation. The Court must hold the allegations of a pro se civil rights complaint to a less stringent standard than formal pleadings drafted by lawyers. Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519 (1972), and such a complaint should not be dismissed unless it appears beyond doubt that the plaintiff can prove no set of facts in support of his or her claim which would entitle the plaintiff to relief. Haines v. Kerner, supra; Conley v. Gibson, 355 U.S. 41 (1957). The effort to provide justice to the plaintiff, however, cannot be allowed to work injustice upon a defendant. or she is accused of. A defendant must be able to understand the claim of the plaintiff and what he Therefore, even a pro se plaintiff must comply with Fed.R.Civ.P. 8(a) by providing a short and plain statement of a claim, a basis for federal jurisdiction, and a demand for judgment. Fed.R.Civ.P. 10(b). Moreover, the plaintiff must separate all The plaintiff was permitted one further claims based upon differing sets of circumstances, as required by opportunity to amend his complaint on or before December 30, 2009. The plaintiff failed to comply with the Court's Order. The plaintiff was cautioned that failure to file the second amended complaint on time would probably result in dismissal of this case. Review Correctional of the Court's docket was indicates to that the the Order as permitting the plaintiff to proceed IFP (DE#7), sent to Charlotte Institution, returned Court undeliverable. Research at the Florida Department of Corrections website reveals that the plaintiff is in close custody at the RMC main unit. It is unclear whether the plaintiff received the second Order requiring an amended complaint, however he has filed no change of address with the Court, or notice of inquiry. It is therefore recommended that this complaint be dismissed without prejudice for lack of prosecution. 2 Objections to this Report may be filed within fourteen days of receipt. Dated this 5th day of January, 2010. UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE cc: Eric Martin, Pro Se K59836 Charlotte CI Address of record Eric Martin, pro-se RMC Main Unit Hand delivered 3

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