Otrusina v. Crysler et al
ORDER Overruling 75 Plaintiff's Objections to Report and Recommendation filed by Sara Otrusina. Signed by District Judge Avern Cohn. (JOwe)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 09-12828
CHRIS CHRYSLER, et al.,
HONORABLE AVERN COHN
ORDER OVERRULING PLAINTIFF’S OBJECTIONS (Doc. 75)
This is a pro se prisoner civil rights case. Plaintiff, an inmate in the custody of
the Michigan Department of Corrections, asserts claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for
violation of her constitutional rights under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.
Broadly stated, plaintiff’s claims relate to a medical detail she has had since 1992
following a closed head injury. The medical detail allows plaintiff to possess specialized
equipment, including computer and related equipment. Plaintiff filed suit against the
Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) Director Patricia Caruso;
Heidi Washington, Warden at the Scott Correctional Facility during the relevant
Chris Crysler, Acting Deputy Warden;
Annae Sanders, Deputy Warden;
Elvira Chapman, Assistant Resident Unit Supervisor;
Tonya Watson, Resident Unit Manager;
Dr. Vijaya Mamididpake;1
Inspector Larry Goodwin;
Corrections Officer Barbara McDaniel;
Huron Valley Complex Deputy Warden Carol Vallie
The matter was referred to a magistrate judge for all pretrial proceedings.
Eventually, defendants Crysler, McDaniel, Chapman, and Vallie filed a second motion
for summary judgment. Doc. 59. Plaintiff responded to the motion. Docs. 66, 67. The
magistrate judge issued a report and recommendation (MJRR), recommending that
defendants’ motion be granted. Doc. 69.
Plaintiff did not timely file objections to the MJRR. Accordingly, the Court
adopted the MJRR and granted defendants’ motion, leaving Mamididpake as the sole
defendant. Doc. 70. Thereafter, plaintiff filed a motion for reconsideration, Doc. 73,
contending that she did not receive a copy of the MJRR. The Court granted the motion
and allowed plaintiff to file any objections by October 27, 2011. Doc. 74. Before the
Court are plaintiff’s objections to the MJRR, which are signed and dated October 27,
2011. Doc. 75.
A district court must conduct a de novo review of the parts of a magistrate
judge's report and recommendation to which a party objects. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). The
district "court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or
As previously noted, on October 28, 2010, the magistrate judge directed service
on defendant Mamididpake. To date, he has not responded to the complaint and it is
unclear whether service has been effectuated.
recommendations made by the magistrate" judge. Id. The requirement of de novo
review "is a statutory recognition that Article III of the United States Constitution
mandates that the judicial power of the United States be vested in judges with life
tenure." United States v. Sami, 754 F.2d 670, 672 (6th Cir. 1985).
A general objection, or one that merely restates the arguments previously
presented, is not sufficient to alert the court to alleged errors on the part of the
magistrate judge. An "objection" that does nothing more than state a disagreement with
a magistrate judge's suggested resolution, or simply summarizes what has been
presented before, is not an objection as that term is used in this context. Howard v.
Sec'y of Health and Human Servs., 932 F.2d 505, 508 (6th Cir. 991) ("It is arguable in
this case that Howard's counsel did not file objections at all.... [I]t is hard to see how a
district court reading [the ‘objections'] would know what Howard thought the magistrate
had done wrong.").
Plaintiff first makes non-substantive objections to the MJRR. First, she says that
the MJRR at page 3 incorrectly identified Campbell and Martin as defendants when
describing the procedural background, particularly letters plaintiff wrote to Campbell and
Martin regarding her medical detail. While plaintiff is correct that Campbell and Martin
are not defendants, she does not explain how the description of them as defendants
affects the magistrate judge’s conclusion on the substantive of her claim. Second,
plaintiff says that the magistrate judge wrote on page 7 that plaintiff saw Dr. Greenburg
in 1992, when plaintiff actually saw him in 2007. Again, assuming plaintiff is correct,
she fails to explain how correcting this error renders the magistrate judge’s analysis
flawed. Overall, these objections do not carry the day for plaintiff.2
Plaintiff also objects to the magistrate judge’s conclusion that she has failed to
establish liability on her claim, i.e. that defendants acted with deliberate indifference to a
serious medical need. Having reviewed plaintiff’s argument, the Court is satisfied that
the magistrate judge did not err in concluding that plaintiff has not made out a viable
claim against defendants.
Finally, plaintiff says that defendant Watson remains a defendant in the case.
Plaintiff is mistaken. The docket sheet shows that on January 20, 2010, an assistant
attorney general entered an appearance on behalf of Watson. Doc. 44. Watson was
also a moving party on defendants’ motion for summary judgment. Doc. 46. The Court
dismissed Watson in its order adopting the MJRR and granting in part and denying in
part defendants’ summary judgment motion. Doc. 58.
Dated: November 28, 2011
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was mailed to Sara Otrusina,
218362, Huron Valley Complex - Women's, 3201 Bemis Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 and
the attorneys of record on this date, November 28, 2011, by electronic and/or ordinary
Case Manager, (313) 234-5160
Plaintiff made these same procedural objections in objecting to defendants’ first
summary judgment motion. The Court considered these objections in its order adopting
the MJRR, Doc. 58, and amended the MJRR accordingly. While these essentially
clerical errors were carried over in the present MJRR, the Court sees no need to amend
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