Holt v. Werholtz et al

Filing 6

ORDER ENTERED: Plaintiff is granted twenty (20) days to supplement the complaint to avoid dismissal of the complaint without prejudice pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1997e(a). Signed by Senior Judge G. Thomas VanBebber on 05/18/05. (smnd)

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Holt v. Werholtz et al Doc. 6 Case 5:05-cv-03204-SAC Document 6 Filed 05/18/2005 Page 1 of 3 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS WILLIAM R. HOLT, Plaintiff, vs. ROGER WERHOLTZ, et al., Defendants. CIVIL ACTION No. 05-3204-GTV ORDER The matter is before the court on a pro se complaint filed under 42 U.S.C. 1983 by a prisoner incarcerated in El Dorado Correctional Facility in El Dorado, Kansas. Plaintiff alleges error in his state criminal conviction and direct appeal, and seeks specific injunctive relief concerning his pending state court appeal. To the extent plaintiff challenges the validity of his confinement pursuant to his state court criminal judgment and the related criminal appeal, plaintiff must seek relief in a petition filed under 28 U.S.C. 2254 after first exhausting state court remedies. See Preiser v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 475 (1973)(state prisoner's challenge to fact or duration of confinement must be presented through petition for writ of habeas corpus after exhausting state court remedies). The court also his finds pro se the circumstances appeal federal cited are by plaintiff to an concerning overcome criminal against insufficient in comity concerns intervention ongoing state court action. See Younger v. Harris, 401 U.S. 37 Dockets.Justia.com Case 5:05-cv-03204-SAC Document 6 Filed 05/18/2005 Page 2 of 3 (1971)(discussing abstention doctrine). Plaintiff also seeks declaratory and injunctive relief on allegations that the denial of requested copies impermissibly impairs his right of access to the courts, and the denial necessary medical treatment for rotator cuff pain constitutes deliberate indifference to a serious medical need. The Prison Litigation Reform Act requires a prisoner to exhaust all claims through the available administrative 42 grievances prior to bringing an action in federal court. U.S.C. 1997e(a). Plaintiff has the burden of pleading exhaustion of administrative remedies, and "must provide a comprehensible statement of his claim and also either attach copies of administrative proceedings or describe their disposition with specificity." Steele v. Federal Bureau of Prisons, 355 F.3d Full exhaustion of administrative See Ross v. County of 1204, 1211 (10th Cir. 2003). r emedies on all claims is required. Bernalillo, 365 F.3d 1181 (10th Cir. 2004)("total exhaustion" rule applies to 1997e(a)). As to his allegations of being denied copies, plaintiff cites exhaustion of an administrative grievance through the Secretary of Corrections. as to Because the plaintiff of said provides no or specific of any information content grievance administrative response, this is an insufficient showing under Steele. Also, the "total exhaustion" rule in Ross is not satisfied where plaintiff cites no exhaustion of administrative 2 Case 5:05-cv-03204-SAC Document 6 Filed 05/18/2005 Page 3 of 3 remedies concerning the alleged denial of medical care. Accordingly, absent plaintiff's supplementation of the complaint to satisfy the exhaustion requirement imposed by 42 U.S.C. 1997e(a) on a prisoner seeking relief in a federal court, the complaint is subject to being summarily dismissed without prejudice. IT IS, THEREFORE, BY THE COURT ORDERED that plaintiff is granted twenty (20) days to supplement the complaint to avoid dismissal of the complaint without prejudice pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1997e(a). IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated at Kansas City, Kansas, this 18th day of May 2005. /s/ G. T. VanBebber G. T. VANBEBBER United States Senior District Judge 3

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