Reyes v. Johnson State Prison et al
ORDER adopting 9 Report and Recommendations. Therefore, this civil action is dismissed without prejudice and stands closed. Signed by Judge Dudley H. Bowen on 9/21/16. (cmr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COUR'Q.s. DISTRICT COURT
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FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
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ERNESTO A. REYES,
JOHNSON STATE PRISON and
After a careftil, de novo review of the file, the Court concurs with the Magistrate
Judge's Report and Recommendation, to which objections have been filed,(doc. no. 11). In
his complaint. Plaintiff attested under penalty of perjury there was a grievance procedure at
his current place of confinement, but he did not utilize it because he would not get "enough
results." (Doc. no. 1, pp. 3-4.) Once the Magistrate Judge recommended dismissal of the
case without prejudice based on Plaintiffs stated failure to exhaust administrative remedies,
a one-page, unsigned objection was submitted.
According to this latest filing. Plaintiff somehow knew he could not file a grievance
during the four days he was in segregation after the altercation with other inmates forming
the basis for this lawsuit. (Doc. no. 11.) The unsigned objection goes on to state Plaintiff
never filed a grievance, even after his transfer to another institution following his four days
in segregation, because he "was never told about [the grievance procedure] at any of the
prisons." (Id.') He was therefore "ignorant to the grievance procedure all together." (Id.)
The Court OVERRULES the objections. All filings with the Court must be signed.
Fed. R. Civ. P. ll;Loc. R. 11.1. The objection accepted for filing was not signed by anyone
and bears no indicia of Plaintiffs signature placed on the original complaint, which attested
not only that Plaintiff knew about the grievance procedure, but also that he chose not to use
it. Only after the Magistrate Judge recommended dismissal did an anonymous filing suggest,
in contradictory fashion, Plaintiff knew enough about the grievance procedure to assert he
could not have filed a grievance while in segregation, but also that Plaintiff was completely
uniformed of any grievance procedure at any prison. The unsigned, procedurally improper
objection from an unknown source provides no basis for deviating from the Magistrate Judge
conclusion that dismissal without prejudice is appropriate.
Accordingly, the Court ADOPTS the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate
Judge as its opinion, DISMISSES this case without prejudice, and CLOSES this civil
SO ORDERED this
of September, 2016, at Augusta, Georgia.
ITED STATES DISTRICT JUDO
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