GRIFFIN v. I.D.O.C.
ENTRY Dismissing Complaint and Directing Entry of Final Judgment - For the foregoing reasons and the reasons set forth in the Court's Screening Entry, this action must be dismissed. Final judgment in accordance with these rulings shall issue. (See Entry.) Copy to Plaintiff via U.S. Mail. Signed by Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on 12/21/2016.(JLS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
HERMAN M. GRIFFIN,
I.D.O.C. Indiana Department of Correction,
Entry Dismissing Complaint and Directing Entry of Final Judgment
The plaintiff brought this action against the Indiana Department of Correction and two
correctional facilities at which he was incarcerated. He alleges that various things happened to
him during his incarceration over the past several years. First, he alleges that he was provided
blood pressure medication in 2007 and again in 2011, which chemically castrated him. Second,
he alleges that the conditions of his parole, given that he is a sex offender, violate his Eighth
Amendment rights. Finally, he alleges a state-law defamation claim based on the sex offender
registry improperly listing his crime of conviction as rape instead of attempted rape.
The Court screened the Complaint in an Entry dated November 21, 2016, and dismissed
all of the plaintiff’s claims. First, as to his claim regarding medical care in prison, the plaintiff
failed to allege that any specific individual was deliberately indifferent to his serious medical
needs. Moreover, even if he did, his claim would be barred by the two year statute of limitations
that applies to § 1983 action in Indiana, as the medications about which he complains were
prescribed in 2007 and 2011. See Serino v. Hensley, 735 F.3d 588, 590 (7th Cir. 2013). Second,
the Court explained that the plaintiff’s claims regarding his conditions of parole fail to state a
constitutional violation, let alone an Eighth Amendment violation as he alleges, because
individuals can be released on parole pursuant to certain conditions and that is what has occurred
here. Third, the Court declined to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over the plaintiff’s state-law
defamation claim. Finally, the Court noted that the plaintiff failed to name any individual
defendant that was personally responsible for the alleged conduct, which precludes any § 1983
The plaintiff has responded to the Court’s Screening Entry, but has not provided a basis to
change the Court’s ultimate conclusions. As to his Eighth Amendment medical claims, the
plaintiff notes that he mentioned Dr. Michael Person in the Complaint as the physician who
prescribed him the medicine which plaintiff alleges caused him to be chemically castrated. But the
only specific allegation about Dr. Person was that he prescribed the plaintiff the medication at
issue in 2007. As explained in the Court’s Screening Entry, any such claim for actions in 2007 are
barred by the two-year statute of limitations. See Serino v. Hensley, 735 F.3d 588, 590 (7th Cir.
2013). The plaintiff acknowledges that other medical professionals oversaw his care until his
release on parole in 2014, but he does not name these individuals. He states that he has requested
his prison medical records and the individuals who treated him through his release in 2014 will be
noted on those medical records. But keeping this action open such that the plaintiff can identify
those individuals and name them in an amended complaint would not benefit the plaintiff, as “it is
pointless to include [an] anonymous defendant [ ] in federal court; this type of placeholder does
not open the door to relation back under Fed. R. Civ. P. 15, nor can it otherwise help the plaintiff.”
Wudtke v. Davel, 128 F.3d 1057, 1060 (7th Cir. 1997) (internal citations omitted).
As to the plaintiff’s claims about his conditions of parole, the plaintiff only states that the
Indiana Parole Board violation his constitutional rights “by placing him under stipulations which
did not apply” to him. The specific stipulations are not made clear. To the extent the plaintiff
refers to his inability to see underage children without permission given his status as a sex offender,
the plaintiff has not provided the Court with a basis to deviate from its ruling in the Screening
Entry that the plaintiff’s claims regarding his conditions of parole fail to state a constitutional
violation, let alone an Eighth Amendment violation. As noted in that Entry, individuals can be
released on parole pursuant to certain conditions and that is what has occurred here.
Finally, the plaintiff does not respond to the Court’s dismissal of his state-law defamation
claim based on the Court’s decision not to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over it.
For the foregoing reasons and the reasons set forth in the Court’s Screening Entry, this
action must be dismissed. Final judgment in accordance with these rulings shall issue.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
HERMAN M. GRIFFIN
3225 Mierrick Lane
Indianapolis, IN 46222
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