Stephens v. Summit County Jail
Memorandum of Opinion and Order: Accordingly, this action is dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1915A. The Court certifies, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an appeal from this decision could not be taken in good faith. Judge Patricia A. Gaughan on 3/13/17. (LC,S)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
SHANE MICHAEL STEPHENS,
SUMMIT COUNTY JAIL, et al.,
CASE NO. 5:17 CV 159
JUDGE PATRICIA A. GAUGHAN
MEMORANDUM OF OPINION
On January 23, 2017, Plaintiff pro se Shane Michael Stephens, an inmate at the Summit
County Jail, filed the above captioned action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the jail and its
medical staff. Plaintiff alleges in the Complaint that he was not treated for several days for a bad
headache. He was then transported to a hospital and received treatment for a head infection. He
further alleges he was not provided his medication list and a pamphlet showing possible side
effects of his medications, that he may have been given a water pill by mistake, and that he has
not been taken for follow up appointments.
A district court is expressly required to dismiss any civil action filed by a prisoner
seeking relief from a governmental officer or entity, as soon as possible after docketing, if the
court concludes that the complaint fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or if
the plaintiff seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C.
§1915A; Siller v. Dean, No. 99-5323, 2000 WL 145167 , at *2 (6th Cir. Feb. 1, 2000).
Even construing the Complaint liberally, Plaintiff fails to state a valid claim for relief.
Only deliberate indifference to serious medical needs or extreme deprivations regarding the
conditions of confinement will implicate Eighth Amendment protections. Hudson v. McMillian,
503 U.S. 1, 9 (1992). An official acts with deliberate indifference when “he acts with criminal
recklessness,” a state of mind that requires that the official act with conscious disregard of a
substantial risk of serious harm. Farmer v. Brennan, 511 U.S. 825. 837. Mere negligence will
not suffice. Id. at 835-36. Consequently, allegations of medical malpractice, negligent
diagnosis, or negligent treatment fail to state an Eighth Amendment claim. Estelle v. Gamble,
429 U.S. 97, 106 (1976). Plaintiff’s allegations simply do not describe conduct indicating a
degree of culpability giving rise to a constitutional violation.
Accordingly, this action is dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1915A. The Court certifies,
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an appeal from this decision could not be taken in good
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ Patricia A. Gaughan
PATRICIA A. GAUGHAN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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