Arthur v. Davis-Director TDCJ-CID et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER. The Magistrate Judge recommends all of plaintiff's official capacity claims be dismissed and plaintiff's claims against defendants Siringi and Davis in their entirety be dismissed. Signed by Judge Marcia A. Crone on 9/27/17. (mrp, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
THEODORE ROOSEVELT ARTHUR,
LORIE DAVIS, DIRECTOR,
TDCJ-CID, et al.,
EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:16-CV-220
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Plaintiff, Theodore Roosevelt Arthur, an inmate confined at the Larry Gist Unit, with the
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Correctional Institutions Division, proceeding pro se and
in forma pauperis, filed this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against defendants
C. Hodges, Allison Becerra, Warden C. Siringi, and Director Lorie Davis.1
The court referred this matter to the Honorable Keith Giblin, United States Magistrate
Judge, at Beaumont, Texas, for consideration pursuant to applicable laws and orders of this court.
The Magistrate Judge recommends all of plaintiff’s official capacity claims be dismissed and
plaintiff’s claims against defendants Siringi and Davis in their entirety be dismissed.
The court has received and considered the Report and Recommendation of United States
Magistrate Judge filed pursuant to such referral, along with the record, and pleadings. Plaintiff
filed objections to the Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation. This requires a de novo
review of the objections in relation to the pleadings and the applicable law. See FED. R. CIV. P.
Plaintiff sued former Director William Stephens. Lorie Davis, as acting Director, has been substituted in his
After careful consideration, the court finds plaintiff’s objections are without merit.
Plaintiff’s objections argue that his claims against defendants Hodges and Becerra should not be
dismissed. Only plaintiff’s official capacity claims against these two defendants are subject to
dismissal. Plaintiff’s claims against any TDCJ defendant in their official capacity are barred as
Eleventh Amendment immunity extends to suits for monetary damages against state officials in
their official capacities as well. See Buckhannon Bd. and Care Home, Inc. v. W. Va. Dep’t of
Health and Human Res., 532 U.S. 598, 609 n. 10 (2001) (recognizing ‘[o]nly States and state
officers acting in their official capacity are immune from suits for damages . . .”). Plaintiff’s
individual capacity claims against defendants Hodges and Becerra shall proceed.2
Plaintiff has no objections to the recommendation that his claims against defendants Davis
and Siringi be dismissed.
Accordingly, the objections of the plaintiff 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. A partial judgment will be entered in this case in accordance with the Magistrate
So ORDERED and SIGNED this 27th day of September, 2017.
The Magistrate Judge has already ordered these two defendants to answer and an answer is on file (docket
entry nos. 16 & 21).
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