Peterich v. Dr. McGree et al
ORDER ADOPTING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS IN FULL. Granting 66 Motion for Summary Judgment; granting 74 Motion for Summary Judgment. It is also ORDERED that the Clerk of Court is directed to have the docket reflect that the Court certifies p ursuant to Rule 24(a)(3)(A) of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure that any appeal of this decision would not be taken in good faith. No reasonable person could suppose an appeal would have merit. Copy mailed to Peterich. Signed by Judge Brian Morris on 6/21/2017. (HEG)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MONTANA
ORDER ADOPTING FINDINGS AND
DR. MCGREE, SGT. LACI
WILLIAMS, and CAPTAIN MARK
Plaintiff Robert Peterich, a former state prisoner at Butte Silver Bow County
Detention Center (BSBDC), filed a Complaint pro se alleging violations of 42
U.S.C. § 1983, pursuant to the Eight Amendment Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection Clause. (Doc. 1.) Peterich
alleges that Defendants violated his constitutional rights when they allegedly
ignored his medical requests for a new diet and for hernia surgery. Id. Defendants
have filed Motions for Summary Judgment. (Doc. 66, 74.) United States
Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch entered Findings and Recommendations in this
matter on March 24, 2017. (Doc. 90.) Neither party filed objections.
When a party makes no objections, the Court need not review de novo the
proposed Findings and Recommendations. Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 149-52
(1986). This Court will review Judge Lynch’s Findings and Recommendations,
however, for clear error. McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Commodore Bus. Mach.,
Inc., 656 F.2d 1309, 1313 (9th Cir. 1981).
Judge Lynch recommends that the Court grant Defendants’ Motions for
Summary Judgment. (Doc. 90 at 26.) Judge Lynch states that a deliberate
indifference standard applies to Peterich’s claim of inadequate medical care. Id. at
13. Two components constitute this standard. The plaintiff must first demonstrate
that she or he possessed a serious medical need. Jett v. Penner, 439 F.3d 1091,
1096 (9th Cir. 2006). The plaintiff must also demonstrate that the defendants
responsed with deliberate indifference. Id. Judge Lynch concluded that Peterich
failed to meet either prong of the standard, as applied to all three Defendants. (Doc.
90 at 17, 19, 22.)
Judge Lynch reasoned that Peterich conceded in his deposition that he had
not had cancer or chemotherapy and thus was not in need of a different diet. Id. at
n.3. Judge Lynch also determined that Defendant Dr. McGree had responded
reasonably to Peterich’s medical requests for hernia surgery. Id. at 22. Dr. McGree
had made a reasonable medical evaluation that Peterich’s hernia was reducible and
not incarcerated. Id. at 20. Dr. McGree concluded that the condition of Peterich’s
hernia did not require an immediate surgical remedy. Id. Dr. McGree still sent a
surgery referral to the DOC, but this referral was denied. Id. at 22. Judge Lynch
concluded that no Defendant in this matter had been deliberately indifferent. Id. at
17, 19, 22.
Judge Lynch also noted that Peterich raises a Fourteenth Amendment Equal
Protection claim in his Complaint. Id. at 22. Judge Lynch determined, however,
that Peterich identifies no classification on which the Defendants had relied in
allegedly discriminating against him. Id. at 23. Peterich also demonstrates no facts
to the effect that he was treated differently than other similarly situated persons by
Defendants. Id. Judge Lynch determined that Peterich’s equal protection claim
fails as a matter of law. Id.
Peterich did not claim medical malpractice in his Complaint, but Dr.
McGree moved for summary judgment to the extent the Court construed Peterich’s
Complaint to contain such a claim. Id. at 24. Judge Lynch determined that
Montana Law requires standard of care experts in this instance and that Peterich
has failed to identify or disclose any experts. Id. at 24–25. Judge Lynch concluded
that summary judgment on any possible medical malpractice claim proved
The Court has reviewed Judge Lynch’s Findings and Recommendations for
clear error. The Court finds no error in Judge Lynch’s Findings and
Recommendations and adopts them in full.
IT IS ORDERED that Judge Lynch’s Findings and Recommendations
(Doc. 90), is ADOPTED IN FULL.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendants’ Motions for Summary
Judgment (Doc. 66, 74), are GRANTED, and this matter is DISMISSED. The
Clerk of Court is directed to close the case and enter judgment in favor of
Defendants pursuant to Rule 58 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
IT IS ALSO ORDERED that the Clerk of Court is directed to have the
docket reflect that the Court certifies pursuant to Rule 24(a)(3)(A) of the Federal
Rules of Appellate Procedure that any appeal of this decision would not be taken in
good faith. No reasonable person could suppose an appeal would have merit.
DATED this 21st day of June, 2017.
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?