Colton v. Logan et al
ORDER overruling objections and adopting 5 Report and Recommendation. Signed by Judge Ron Clark on 9/22/17. (tkd, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
JESSE W. LOGAN, ET AL.
CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:14cv189
ORDER OVERRULING OBJECTIONS AND ADOPTING
THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE’S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
Colton Barrett, proceeding pro se, filed the above-styled civil rights lawsuit pursuant to 42
U.S.C. § 1983. The court previously referred this matter to the Honorable Zack Hawthorn, United
States Magistrate Judge, at Beaumont, Texas, for consideration pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636 and
applicable orders of this Court. The Magistrate Judge has submitted a Report and Recommendation
of United States Magistrate Judge concerning this matter. The Magistrate Judge recommends the
lawsuit be dismissed for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.
The court has received and considered the Report and Recommendation of United States
Magistrate Judge, along with the record and pleadings. Plaintiff filed objections to the Report and
Recommendation. The court must therefore conduct a de novo review of the objections.
Plaintiff primarily alleges the defendants improperly deprived him of property while searching
his cell. The Magistrate Judge concluded plaintiff failed to state a claim because his allegations did
not show the property was destroyed in accordance with established state procedures and Texas state
law provides an adequate post-deprivation remedy.
In his objections, plaintiff acknowledges that while his cell was searched in accordance with
established procedures, the defendants who conducted the search went further than permitted by
regulations when they destroyed his property. As a result, the Magistrate Judge correctly concluded
plaintiff failed to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. Hudson v. Palmer, 468 U.S. 517,
533 (1984); Murphy v. Collins, 26 F.3d 541, 543-44 (5th Cir. 1994).1
In his objections, plaintiff stated he also wished to assert claims based on denial of equal protection of the
law and denial of the right to practice his religion. Those claims have been severed into a new lawsuit.
Accordingly, plaintiff’s objections are OVERRULED. The findings of fact and conclusions
of law of the Magistrate Judge are correct and the report of the Magistrate Judge is ADOPTED as
the opinion of the court. A final judgment shall be entered in accordance with the recommendation
of the Magistrate Judge.
So ORDERED and SIGNED this 22 day of September, 2017.
Ron Clark, United States District Judge
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