Mack v. Smith et al
ORDER ADOPTING 52 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS and Granting 35 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by Alan Parker, Stevan Coleman, Tony Rust, Lashon Bishop, Dawn Merchant, Jason Smith and FURTHER ORDERED that action is DISMISSED WITH PREJU DICE as to Plaintiffs federal law claims and DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE as to the Plaintiffs state-law claims and statue of limitations on Plaintiff's state law claims are SUSPENDED for 30 days following date of entry of final judgment.. Signed by District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III on 3/9/2018. (sm, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
JASON SMITH, ET AL.
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:15-cv-202
MEMORANDUM ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
OF THE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
AND ENTERING FINAL JUDGMENT
The Plaintiff Howard Mack, a prisoner of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice,
Correctional Institutions Division proceeding pro se, filed this civil rights lawsuit under 42 U.S.C.
§1983 complaining of alleged violations of his constitutional rights. This Court ordered that the case
be referred to the Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §636(b)(1) and (3) and the Amended
Order for the Adoption of Local Rules for the Assignment of Duties to United States Magistrate
Judges. As Defendants, Mack named: Lt. Jason Smith; Lt. Tony Rust; Sgt. Steven Coleman;
Officer Alan Parker; Officer Lashon Bishop; and former Warden Dawn Merchant, all of whom
are officials at the Telford Unit of TDCJ-CID.
According to Mack, Lt. Smith used excessive force on him while Officers Rust, Coleman,
Parker, and Bishop stood by and did not intervene. Docket No. 1 at 3. He further claimed
Warden Merchant did not properly investigate his grievance and implemented policies under
which unconstitutional practices occurred. Id. at 4.
The Defendants filed a motion for summary judgment arguing Plaintiff’s allegations did not
rise to the level of an Eighth Amendment violation and asserting their entitlement to qualified
and Eleventh Amendment immunity. Docket No. 35. Plaintiff filed two motions for extension
of time in which to respond to the motion for summary judgment (Docket Nos. 39, 46), which
were granted (Docket Nos. 41, 48), but he filed no response.
After review of the pleadings, the Magistrate Judge issued a Report recommending the
motion for summary judgment be granted and the lawsuit dismissed with prejudice as to
Plaintiff’s federal law claims, but without prejudice as to Plaintiff’s state law claims. Docket No.
52. The Magistrate Judge also recommended the statute of limitations be suspended for 30 days
on Plaintiff’s state law claims in accordance with 28 U.S.C. §1367(d). Id. at 10.
Plaintiff received a copy of the Report on January 30, 2018, but has filed no objections;
accordingly, he is barred from de novo review by the District Judge of those findings, conclusions,
and recommendations and, except upon grounds of plain error, from appellate review of the
unobjected-to factual findings and legal conclusions accepted and adopted by the District Court.
Douglass v. United Services Automobile Association, 79 F.3d 1415, 1430 (5th Cir. 1996) (en banc).
The Court has reviewed the pleadings in this cause and the Report of the Magistrate
Judge. Upon such review, the Court has determined that the Report of the Magistrate Judge is
correct. The pleadings and the competent summary judgment evidence in this case, viewed in
the light most favorable to the Plaintiff, show there are no genuine disputes of material fact.
Defendants are entitled to judgment as a matter of law. It is accordingly
ORDERED the Report of the Magistrate Judge (Docket No. 52) is ADOPTED as the
opinion of the District Court. It is further
ORDERED the Defendants’ motion for summary judgment (Docket No. 35) is
GRANTED. It is further
ORDERED the above-styled action is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE as to Plaintiff’s
federal law claims and DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE as to the Plaintiff’s state-law
claims. It is further
ORDERED the statute of limitations on Plaintiff’s state law claims is SUSPENDED for a
period of 30 days following the date of entry of final judgment. 28 U.S.C. §1367(d). Finally, it is
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ORDERED any and all motions which may be pending in this civil action are hereby
So ORDERED and SIGNED this 9th day of March, 2018.
ROBERT W. SCHROEDER III
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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