Anderson v. Morris et al
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS; granting 62 Motion for Summary Judgment; granting 68 Motion for Summary Judgment; DISMISSING all remaining claims with prejudice for failure to state a claim. Signed by District Judge Debra M. Brown on 9/29/17. (jla)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
NORRIS MORRIS, et al.
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
Before the Court is the Report and Recommendation of United States Magistrate Judge
Jane M. Virden. Doc. #100.
Relevant Procedural History
On or about May 20, 2016, Levonzel Anderson filed a pro se prisoner complaint against
numerous employees of the Mississippi State Penitentiary and the Mississippi Parole Board.
Doc. #1. On September 27, 2016, United States Magistrate Judge Jane M. Virden held a Spears
hearing on Anderson’s allegations. See Doc. #18.
On February 27, 2017, Defendant Nurse Angela Brown1 filed a motion for summary
judgment addressing Anderson’s failure to protect claim. Doc. #62. On March 7, 2017, the
remaining defendants2 (“Remaining Defendants”) filed a “Motion for Summary Judgment Based
on Sovereign and Qualified Immunity,” addressing Anderson’s failure to protect and denial of
access to the Court claims. Doc. #68. On or about April 6, 2017, Anderson filed “Plaintiffs’
Response to Angela Browns’ [sic] Motion for Summary Judgment.” Doc. #76.
On July 18, 2017, Judge Virden issued a Report and Recommendation recommending that
Brown and the Remaining Defendants’ motions for summary judgment be granted and that
The docket refers to Nurse Brown as “Unknown Brown.”
These defendants are Norris Morris, Earnest Lee, Timothy Morris, Unknown Sturdivant, Andrew Mills, Unknown
Cox, Kathryn McIntyre, Ricky Scott, Nola Nelson, Unknown McCoy, Unknown Burt, Pamela Robinson, Unknown
Mumford, Unknown Alexander, Unknown Meet/Meeks and Marshall Fisher.
Anderson’s remaining claims be dismissed for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be
granted. Doc. #100. The Report and Recommendation warned:
Objections [to the Report and Recommendation] must be in writing and must be
filed within fourteen (14) days of this date, and “a party’s failure to file written
objections to the findings, conclusions, and recommendation in a magistrate
judge’s report and recommendation within  days after being served with a copy
shall bar that party, except on grounds of plain error, from attacking on appeal the
unobjected-to proposed factual findings and legal conclusions accepted by the
district court ....” Douglass v. United Services Automobile Ass’n, 79 F.3d 1415,
1428-29 (5th Cir. 1996) (en banc)(citations omitted); see also United States v.
Carrillo-Morales, 27 F.3d 1054, 1061-62 (5th Cir. 1994), cert. denied, 513 U.S.
Id. at 20.
Anderson acknowledged receipt of the Report and Recommendation on July 19, 2017.
Doc. #101. On or about July 24, 2017, Anderson requested an extension to file objections. Doc.
#102. On July 27, 2016, Judge Virden granted the motion, giving Anderson until August 15,
2017 to file his objections. Doc. #103. On or about August 3, 2017, Anderson filed a “Motion to
Show Cause for an [sic] Preliminary Injunction,” which, although unclear, appears to be his
objections to the Report and Recommendation. Doc. #104.
Standard of Review
Where objections to a report and recommendation have been filed, a court must conduct a
“de novo review of those portions of the ... report and recommendation to which the Defendants
specifically raised objections. With respect to those portions of the report and recommendation to
which no objections were raised, the Court need only satisfy itself that there is no plain error on the
face of the record.” Gauthier v. Union Pac. R.R. Co., 644 F.Supp.2d 824, 828 (E.D. Tex. 2009)
(citing Douglass v. United Serv. Auto. Ass’n, 79 F.3d 1415, 1428–29 (5th Cir. 1996)) (internal
citation omitted). However, “frivolous, conclusive, or general objections need not be considered
by the district court.” Battle v. U.S. Parole Comm’n, 834 F.2d 419, 421 (5th Cir. 1987).
In his objections, Anderson first asserts that he never received a copy of the Remaining
Defendants’ motion for summary judgment. Doc. #104 at 26. The Remaining Defendants’
motion for summary judgment contains a Certificate of Service that shows the motion was mailed
“via United States Postal Service, first class postage prepaid,” to Anderson at the address provided.
Doc. #68. Rule 5 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure allows for service by mail, and states
that service by mail is complete upon mailing.
Considering that the motion contained a
Certificate of Service, signed by counsel, representing that the motion was mailed to Anderson’s
then-current address, the Court finds Anderson’s allegations of non-receipt unpersuasive. See
McZeal v. MidSouth Nat’l Bank, NA, No. 2:15-cv-2315, 2017 WL 1332730, at *4 (W.D. La. Jan.
13, 2017) (“plaintiff’s conclusory allegations that he received everything but the motions do not
rebut the defendants’ showing of service”). Accordingly, the Court overrules the objection.
The remainder of Anderson’s arguments are simply a reiteration of his sexual assault
claim, which he attempts to buttress with an affidavit referring generally to alleged assaults which
occurred after the defendants moved for summary judgment. Doc. #104 at 31–33. However, the
affidavit of the plaintiff, which relates to allegations of assault not before the Court, does not
undermine Judge Virden’s recommendations. As such, having further reviewed the remainder of
the Report and Recommendation for clear error and found none, the Court overrules Anderson’s
remaining objections. Therefore, the Report and Recommendation will be adopted as the opinion
of the Court.
For the reasons above:
The Report and Recommendation  is ADOPTED as the opinion of the Court.
Brown’s motion for summary judgment  is GRANTED.
The Remaining Defendants’ motion for summary judgment  is GRANTED.
All remaining claims against the defendants are DISMISSED with prejudice for
failure to state a claim.
A separate judgment consistent with this opinion will issue separately.
SO ORDERED, this 29th day of September, 2017.
/s/Debra M. Brown
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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