Nelson, III v. Morris et al
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS - claims for failure to protect and excessive force brought against Munforde, Scott A. and Harris may proceed; all other claims DISMISSED. Signed by District Judge Debra M. Brown on 7/10/17. (cr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
WILLIAM NELSON, III
TIMOTHY MORRIS, Warden; et al.
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
This civil rights action is before the Court for consideration of the Report and
Recommendation issued by United States Magistrate Judge Jane M. Virden. Doc. #15.
On or about June 20, 2016, William Nelson, III, filed a complaint in this Court naming as
defendants: (1) Timothy Morris, (2) Detrick Munforde, (3) “M. Honeycutt,” (4) “C/O Scott A.”
Doc. #1. Nelson’s complaint alleges civil rights claims arising from “a conflict” with three staff
members, which ended in an alleged assault of Nelson at the hands of Honeycutt, Harris, and “C/O
Harris.” Id. at 4–5. On December 5, 2016, Nelson appeared before United States Magistrate
Judge Jane M. Virden for a Spears hearing. Doc. #14.
On January 9, 2017, Judge Virden issued a Report and Recommendation (“R&R”)
addressing Nelson’s claims. Doc. #15. In the R&R, Judge Virden characterizes Nelson’s claims
as sounding in excessive force, failure to protect, and denial of medical treatment. Id. Based on
the testimony at the Spears hearing and the allegations in Nelson’s complaint, Judge Virden
recommends that: (1) the denial of medical treatment claims be dismissed because the person
responsible for Nelson’s medical treatment was not named as a defendant and Nelson has not
“alleged that he or she knowingly disregarded an excessive risk to Nelson’s health or safety;” (2)
the claims against Morris be dismissed because Nelson has failed to allege a basis for supervisory
liability; and (3) the claims for failure to protect and excessive force proceed against Munforde,
Honeycutt, “Scott A.,” and “Corrections Officer Harris.” Id. In light of these recommendations,
Judge Virden, by separate order, added “Corrections Officer Harris” as a defendant in this action.
Doc. #16. Nelson acknowledged receipt of the R&R on January 20, 2017, Doc. #18, but filed no
objections to Judge Virden’s recommendations.
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)).
The Court has reviewed the R&R and found no plain error on the face of the record.
Accordingly, the R&R  is ADOPTED as the order of the Court. Nelson’s claims for failure
to protect and excessive force brought against Munforde, Honeycutt, “Scott A.,” and Harris may
proceed. All other claims are DISMISSED.
SO ORDERED, this 10th day of July, 2017.
/s/Debra M. Brown
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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