O'CULL v. BUREAU OF PRISONS et al
ORDER adopting Report and Recommendation 26 ; denying 20 Motion to Dismiss; and granting 20 Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by Honorable David C. Bramlette, III on 06/28/2010 (ECW)
O'CULL v. BUREAU OF PRISONS et al
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI WESTERN DIVISION WILLIAM A. O'CULL, # 15829-045 VS. BUREAU OF PRISONS, ET AL. ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION This cause is before the Court on the Report and PLAINTIFF
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:09-cv-62(DCB)(MTP) DEFENDANTS
Recommendation of Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker (docket entry 26), and on the plaintiff William A. O'Cull ("O'Cull")'s objections thereto. Having of carefully the considered judge and the the report and
objections, and being fully advised in the premises, the Court finds as follows: O'Cull filed this action pro se on March 26, 2009, alleging that he received inadequate medical treatment while incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Complex in Yazoo City, Mississippi ("FCC Yazoo City"). He names as defendants the following individuals:
Harley G. Lappin, Director of the Bureau of Prisons ("BOP"); Harrell Watts, National Inmate Appeals Administrator for the BOP; Bruce Pearson, Warden at FCC Yazoo City; Dr. Anthony Chambers, Clinical Director at FCC Yazoo City; and Mary Ellen Thoms, former Assistant Director of the BOP's Health Service Division. The plaintiff claims that on December 20, 2004, he had a blood test at FCC Yazoo City to determine whether he had any
communicable, infectious or life-threatening diseases.
that the results came back on January 4, 2005 with a positive result for the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) which, according to the plaintiff, can cause infection, cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure, cancer and death. The plaintiff alleges that Hepatitis C
is treatable and curable with "pigylated interferon and ribavin" therapy. protocols He also claims that pursuant to "[s]tandard medical and Center for Disease Control Guidelines," upon
diagnosis he should have been immediately vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B. He also claims that "[p]retreatment for HCV requires He
genotype testing and monitoring of the patient[']s liver."
alleges that he was not informed that he had HCV until May 31, 2006, that he was not given any genotype testing, that he was not vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B until June 26, 2006, and that he did not begin to receive pretreatment until April 2, 2008.
Plaintiff also alleges that he needs a liver biopsy in order to determine whether advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis of the liver has occurred. The plaintiff claims that he continues to remain
untreated for his HCV, and that as a result he suffers from nausea, fatigue, headaches, joint, back and stomach pain, and depression. O'Cull makes a number of Bivens1 claims against the defendants in their official and individual capacities, for denial and/or
Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388 (1971). 2
delay in medical treatment.
He also complains that the defendants
have refused to recommend or transfer him to a medical facility where he can obtain medical care. He makes claims for failure to
supervise Dr. Chambers against defendants Pearson, Thoms, Watts and Lappin. In addition, he claims that defendants Chambers, Thoms and Pearson refused to provide him with copies of all of his medical records, in violation of the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"). He also claims that the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to deprive him of his constitutional rights. amount of compensatory and punitive He seeks an unspecified as well as an
injunction directing the defendants to provide him with medical treatment and transfer him to a medical facility. In his Report and Recommendation, Magistrate Judge Parker recommends that the defendants' motion for summary judgment be granted. Defendant Chambers is entitled to statutory immunity
under 42 U.S.C. § 233(a) because the plaintiff's allegations against him involve his performance of medical or related functions while acting as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. The plaintiff has not shown that defendants Lappin and
Watts personally made any medical decisions regarding his medical care; therefore, they have no minimum contacts with Mississippi and this Court lacks jurisdiction over them. The plaintiff has also
failed to show that defendants Pearson and Thoms were personally involved in his medical treatment or that they implemented a policy 3
that deprived him of his constitutional rights; thus, they are not liable under Bivens. Finally, the plaintiff's FOIA claims against
defendants Chambers, Thoms and Pearson are improperly brought against individuals instead of the federal agency. In his objections, O'Cull fails to identify any error in the Report and Recommendation. The Report and Recommendation shall
therefore be adopted in its entirety, the defendants' motion for summary judgment shall be granted, and this action dismissed with prejudice. Accordingly,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Report and Recommendation of United States Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker (docket entry 26) is hereby adopted as the finding of this Court; FURTHER ORDERED that the defendants' motion to dismiss or in
the alternative for summary judgment (docket entry 20) is DENIED as to the motion to dismiss and GRANTED as to the motion for summary judgment; FURTHER ORDERED that this action is dismissed. A separate
judgment will be entered in accordance with Rule 58 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, dismissing this action with prejudice. SO ORDERED, this the 28th day of June, 2010.
/s/ David Bramlette UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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