Johnson v. Hughes
ORDER ENTERED: Plaintiff's application 2 for leave to proceed without prepayment of fees is granted. The clerk of the court shall prepare summons and waiver of service forms pursuant to Rule 4(d) of the Federal Rules of Procedure. Signed by Senior District Judge Sam A. Crow on 2/27/2013. (Mailed to pro se party Samuel Jay Johnson by regular mail.) (smnd)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
SAMUEL JAY JOHNSON,
O R D E R
This pro se civil complaint was filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §
1983 by an inmate of the Wilson County Correctional Facility,
Fredonia, Kansas (WCCF).
Plaintiff names as defendant Kelly Hughes,
“Seargeant and Head of kitchen” at the WCCF.
The statutory fee for filing a civil rights complaint is
Plaintiff has submitted an Application to Proceed Without
Prepayment of Fees (Doc. 2).
Having considered the motion together
with the attached financial information, the court finds that
plaintiff presently lacks funds to pay the fee in full or in part.
Accordingly, the motion is granted.
Plaintiff is forewarned that
under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1), being granted leave to proceed without
prepayment of fees does not relieve him of the obligation to pay the
full amount of the filing fee.
Instead, it entitles him to pay the
fee over time through payments automatically deducted from his inmate
trust fund account as funds become available pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
ALLEGATIONS AND CLAIMS
As the factual background for this lawsuit, plaintiff alleges
He follows a strict religious diet.
For months he
was falsely informed that none of the food at the WCCF contained pork.
He then found out that he had been given pork not turkey.
tried to pretend they didn’t know plaintiff was on a religious diet,
but he had stated that he was at booking.
He put his diet
restrictions in writing and complained for months, but they still
did not get it right.
Then defendant Hughes told him he would be
fed oatmeal at every meal.
Plaintiff exhausted administrative
remedies but was told that nothing could be done.
He was fed oatmeal
at every meal for a week, then he was given normal food.
He was told
that if he complained regarding his religious diet again he would
get oatmeal for all meals indefinitely.
He had bowel trouble and
blood in his stool from eating oatmeal for every meal.
beliefs are questioned and ridiculed, and he is accused of making
up a religion just to get special food.
As Count I of his complaint, Mr. Johnson claims that his right
Pursuant to § 1915(b)(2), the Finance Office of the facility where
plaintiff is currently confined is authorized to collect twenty percent (20%) of
the prior month’s income each time the amount in plaintiff’s institution account
exceeds ten dollars ($10.00) until the filing fee has been paid in full.
to practice his religion is being violated and that feeding him
oatmeal every meal violates the Eighth Amendment.
Plaintiff requests that the people involved should be fired
He also asks to be “shown proof” that the food he
is served does not contain products that are prohibited by his
In addition, he believes he is entitled to
“monetary dispersement (sic)” from the facility, the staff and Wilson
Because Mr. Johnson is a prisoner, the court is required by statute
to screen his complaint and to dismiss the complaint or any portion
thereof that is frivolous, fails to state a claim upon which relief
may be granted, or seeks relief from a defendant immune from such
28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a) and (b); 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B).
“To state a claim under § 1983, a plaintiff must allege the violation
of a right secured by the Constitution and laws of the United States,
and must show that the alleged deprivation was committed by a person
acting under color of state law.”
West v. Atkins, 487 U.S. 42, 48-49
(1988)(citations omitted); Northington v. Jackson, 973 F.2d 1518,
1523 (10th Cir. 1992).
A court liberally construes a pro se complaint
and applies “less stringent standards than formal pleadings drafted
Erickson v. Pardus, 551 U.S. 89, 94 (2007).
accepts all well-pleaded allegations in the complaint as true.
Anderson v. Blake, 469 F.3d 910, 913 (10th Cir. 2006).
Plaintiff mentions many names in the body of his complaint and
alleges that they either told him there was nothing to be done or
refused to give him anything but oatmeal.
However, plaintiff names
only Kelly Hughes in the caption of his complaint and provides
defendant information for Hughes only.
Accordingly, this action
will proceed against defendant Hughes.
Plaintiff may not recover
money damages from any person or county entity that is not named as
This court has no authority to fire county employees or to
initiate criminal proceedings against them.
is not entitled to this requested relief in this lawsuit.
finds that a responsive pleading is required.
IT IS THEREFORE BY THE COURT ORDERED that plaintiff’s
Application for Leave to Proceed without Prepayment of Fees (Doc.
2) is granted.
Plaintiff is hereby assessed the full filing fee of
$350.00, and the Finance Office of the Facility where plaintiff is
currently incarcerated is directed to collect from plaintiff’s
inmate account and pay to the clerk of the court twenty percent (20%)
of the prior month’s income each time the amount in plaintiff’s
account exceeds ten dollars ($10.00) until plaintiff’s outstanding
filing fee obligation has been paid in full.
Plaintiff is directed
to cooperate fully with his custodian in authorizing disbursements
to satisfy the filing fee, including but not limited to providing
any written authorization required by the custodian or any future
custodian to disburse funds from his account.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the clerk of the court shall prepare
summons and waiver of service forms pursuant to Rule 4(d) of the
Federal Rules of Procedure, to be served on defendant by a United
States Marshal or a Deputy Marshal at no cost to plaintiff absent
a finding by the court that plaintiff is able to pay such costs.
Copies of this Order shall be transmitted to plaintiff, to
defendant, to the office of the Wilson County District Attorney, and
to the Finance Officer at the institution where plaintiff is
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 27th day of February, 2013, at Topeka, Kansas.
s/Sam A. Crow
U. S. Senior District Judge
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