Griffin v. Grubbs et al
OMNIBUS ORDER. Defendants J. Alexander and Christopher Epps dismissed. Plaintiff to show cause within 14 days as to why Defendants Grubbs, Booker, and Mize should not be dismissed. Plaintiff given 14 days to substitute named defendants for the John Doe defendants. Signed by Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on 4/30/13 (dfk)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
KENNETH LEE GRIFFIN
CIVIL ACTION NO. 4:12cv96-FKB
UNKNOWN GRUBBS, et al.
Plaintiff, a state inmate, brought this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging
that prison officials wrongfully withheld personal property from him, including religious
materials. He also alleges that he was denied access to the courts when prison officials
failed to transport him to state court to litigate his replevin action for return of the property.
The Court has held an omnibus hearing at which the parties consented to jurisdiction of
Plaintiff has requested to dismiss the claims against J. Alexander. Accordingly, this
defendant is hereby dismissed.
At the hearing, Plaintiff articulated no personal involvement by Christopher Epps in
the incidents at issue, nor any other basis for holding him liable. There is no respondeat
superior liability under § 1983. Monnell v. Dep’t of Soc. Servs., 436 U.S. 658, 691 (1978).
Accordingly, Defendant Epps is hereby dismissed from this action.
Summons were issued for defendants Major Grubbs, Willie Booker, Sgt. Jackson,
and Major Mize to be served at East Mississippi Correctional Institution (EMCF). On
August 9, 2012, returns were filed unexecuted for Defendants Grubbs, Booker, and Mize
with notations that these individuals are no longer employed at EMCF. Since that date,
Plaintiff has failed to provide any further information as to where these defendants can be
served. Accordingly, it is hereby ordered that Plaintiff show cause, in writing, within 14
days of entry of this order, as to why these individuals should not be dismissed pursuant
to Fed. R. Civ. Proc. 4(m).
The U.S. Marshal has filed a return for Defendant Jackson stating that he was
served by delivering a copy of the complaint and summons to “D. Smith” at EMCF.
However, Jackson has not appeared in this action, and there is no indication that D. Smith
is authorized by appointment or law to receive service of process for Jackson. For this
reason, the Court concludes that this defendant should be dismissed unless Plaintiff can
provide the Court with additional identifying information, such as his first name, so that he
can be served personally or otherwise in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. Proc. 4(e). Plaintiff
is directed to provide this information within 14 days of entry of this order; should Plaintiff
fail to do so, Defendant Jackson will be dismissed without further notice.
Plaintiff is granted 14 days from entry of this order in which to substitute named
defendants for the John Doe defendants. Otherwise, the John Doe defendants will be
SO ORDERED this the 30th of April, 2013.
/s/ F. Keith Ball
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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