Alexander #731077 v. Nurkala et al
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION 25 and denying defendant's motion for summary judgment 13 ; signed by District Judge Paul L. Maloney (Judge Paul L. Maloney, cmc)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
D’ANDRE ALEXANDER, #731077,
-vERICA HUSS, et al.,
Honorable Paul L. Maloney
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
ORDER DENYING DEFENDANTS’ MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT
D’Andre Alexander, a prisoner under the control of the Michigan Department of
Corrections (MDOC), filed this pro se civil rights lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
Defendants filed a motion for summary judgment asserting that Alexander failed to properly
exhaust his administrative remedies. (ECF No. 13.) The magistrate judge issued a report
recommending the motion be denied. (ECF No. 25.) Defendants filed objections. (ECF
After being served with a report and recommendation (R&R) issued by a magistrate
judge, a party has fourteen days to file written objections to the proposed findings and
recommendations. 28 U.S.C. ' 636(b)(1); Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b). A district court judge
reviews de novo the portions of the R&R to which objections have been filed. 28 U.S.C. '
636(b)(1); Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b). Only those objections that are specific are entitled to a de
novo review under the statute. Mira v. Marshall, 806 F.2d 636, 637 (6th Cir. 1986) (per
The Court has reviewed the report and recommendation and Defendants’ objections.
The objections are overruled. Defendants complain that Alexander added individuals in his
appeals of Grievance 2241-17a, individuals who were not named in the initial grievance.
Generally, a prisoner must name defendants in the initial grievance and naming additional
defendants in the Step II or Step III appeals will not properly exhaust claims. But, the
MDOC must enforce its own procedures. When the MDOC opts to ignore procedural
violations, and instead addresses the merits of the claim or the appeal, it cannot later raise
the procedural defect as a defense. See Reed-Bey v. Pramstaller, 603 F.3d 322, 324–25 (6th
Cir. 2010). Here, the MDOC did not address any procedural defects at either Step II or
Step III. (PageID.131–33.) In the authority cited by Defendants, it is not clear whether the
MDOC addressed the procedural defects at the Step II or Step III stages.
Therefore, the Report and Recommendation (ECF No. 25) is ADOPTED as the
Opinion of this Court. And, Defendants’ motion for summary judgment for failure to
exhaust administrative remedies (ECF No. 13) is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Date: September 18, 2017
/s/ Paul L. Maloney
Paul L. Maloney
United States District Judge
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