Richman v. Wallace
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that defendant's motion to dismiss plaintiff's fifth amended complaint [Doc. #64] is DENIED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff's conclusory request for summary judgment is DENIED without pr ejudice. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that defendant shall file an answer to plaintiff's fifth amended complaint no later than thirty (30) days from the date of this Memorandum and Order.( Response to Court due by 1/8/2018.) Signed by District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr on 12/7/2017. (JMC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
JOHN A. RICHMAN,
MISSOURI DEPT. OF CORR.,
No. 1:15-CV-63 SNLJ
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s fifth amended
complaint. After reviewing the parties’ arguments in this matter, as well as the fifth amended
complaint in full, the Court will deny the motion to dismiss this action.
Plaintiff, John Richman, is presently incarcerated at Algoa Correctional Center. Before
being relocated, plaintiff was an inmate at Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional
Center (“ERDCC”) and Southeastern Correctional Center (“SECC”).
In his fifth amended complaint against defendant Anne Precythe, the Director of the
Missouri Department of Corrections (“MDOC”), plaintiff seeks injunctive relief and nominal and
punitive damages for a state-wide policy that plaintiff believes denies him equal protection under
the 14th Amendment.
In his fifth amended complaint, plaintiff claims that MDOC policy IS22-1.1, a policy
implemented and enforced by MDOC prison wardens across the state, violates plaintiff’s 14th
Amendment equal protection rights, authorizing MDOC staff acting under color of law to subject
offenders1 “owning grandfathered property” to punishments, that are not applicable to offenders
that do not own “grandfathered property,” thereby creating prejudice, and unjustly punishing a
certain group of offenders in violation of the Constitution.
Plaintiff believes Director Precythe may be responsible for her failure to act, or for acting
with prejudice, based on her statutory duty to administer the Department of Corrections in a
uniform manner. Plaintiff has directed the Court to the MDOC policy referred to in his
complaint, which he argues demonstrates a policy that is prejudicial to plaintiff’s 14th
Amendment Equal Protection rights by calling for punishments on offenders owning
grandfathered property; however, he believes that the punishments are not related to any
legitimate governmental interest.
In defendant’s motion to dismiss, defendant asserts that plaintiff has failed to allege he
has been treated differently from other inmates similarly situated. Defendant also argues that
plaintiff has failed to allege that his treatment was impermissible.
As noted above, plaintiff has stated that he, and others like him, are being treated
differently than a group of offenders that do not own grandfathered property. This is clearly
stated in plaintiff’s Fifth Amended complaint. He additionally asserts that such treatment is
impermissible because it is punishment without a legitimate governmental purpose, in violation
of the 14th Amendment.
In light of the aforementioned, defendant’s motion to dismiss will be denied.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s fifth
amended complaint [Doc. #64] is DENIED.
Plaintiff states that MDOC has labeled he and others similarly situated as “offenders.”
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff’s conclusory request for summary judgment
is DENIED without prejudice.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that defendant shall file an answer to plaintiff’s fifth
amended complaint no later than thirty (30) days from the date of this Memorandum and Order.
Dated this 7th day of December, 2017.
STEPHEN N. LIMBAUGH, JR.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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