Colvin #192744 v. Pederson
ORDER APPROVING AND ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION 27 , denying defendant's motion for summary judgment 19 ; signed by Judge Robert Holmes Bell (Judge Robert Holmes Bell, kcb)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 2:13-CV-219
HON. ROBERT HOLMES BELL
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER APPROVING AND ADOPTING
MAGISTRATE JUDGE’S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
This is a prisoner civil rights action filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 involving an allegedly
retaliatory misconduct ticket. Defendant filed a motion for summary judgment for failure to exhaust
administrative remedies. The matter was referred to Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley, who
issued a Report and Recommendation (R&R), recommending that this Court deny the motion. The
matter is presently before the Court on Defendant’s objections to the R&R. In accordance with 28
U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b)(3), the Court has performed de novo consideration of
those portions of the R&R to which objections have been made. The Court overrules the objections
and issues this Memorandum Opinion and Order.
Defendant’s sole objection is that Plaintiff was required to raise retaliation at the misconduct
hearing in order to exhaust his administrative remedies, which he did not do. Defendant cites Siggers
v. Campbell, 652 F.3d 681, 693–94 (6th Cir. 2011), for the proposition that “A prisoner claiming that
the issuance of a major misconduct violation constituted retaliation must raise that issue at the
misconduct hearing.” (Def.’s Obj. 2, ECF No. 29.) The portion of Siggers that Defendant cites,
however, concludes that the plaintiff in that case had not exhausted his administrative remedies
because the retaliation of which he complained at his hearing was different from the retaliation he
presented to the court. Siggers, therefore, does not stand for the proposition for which Defendant
cites it. Even if it did stand for such a proposition, the Misconduct Hearing Report reveals that
Plaintiff at least raised the issue that the misconduct ticket was fabricated. Defendant’s objection
therefore lacks merit.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendant’s Objections (ECF No. 29) are OVERRULED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Magistrate Judge’s R&R (ECF No. 27) is
APPROVED and ADOPTED as the opinion of the Court.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant’s motion for summary judgment (ECF No.
19) is DENIED.
Dated: June 12, 2014
/s/ Robert Holmes Bell
ROBERT HOLMES BELL
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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