Nelson v. Griffin et al
ORDER ADOPTING 75 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS and ORDERED that 35 Motion for Summary Judgment is DENIED. Signed by Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III on 8/30/2017. (sm, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
BRIAN N NELSON,
RORY L GRIFFIN ET AL.,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:16-CV-00049-RWS
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
The Plaintiff Brian Nelson, proceeding pro se, filed this civil rights lawsuit under 42 U.S.C.
§1983 complaining of alleged deprivations of his constitutional rights during his confinement in
the Bowie County Correctional Center. The matter was referred to the United States 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. Plaintiff has named as
Defendants Rory Griffin, Deputy Director for Health and Correctional Services for the Arkansas
Department of Corrections; Warden Page of the Bowie County Correctional Center; Dr. Jagdish
Shah; and Nurse Regina Lynch. Defendants Griffin and Page have been dismissed (Docket No.
Defendant Lynch filed a motion for summary judgment contending that Plaintiff failed to
exhaust his administrative remedies. Docket No. 35. Plaintiff filed a response stating he exhausted
his administrative remedies through the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Docket No. 57 at
3. In reply, Nurse Lynch acknowledged that there was some evidence in the record to support
Plaintiff’s claim of exhaustion. Docket No. 69 at 5.
After review of the pleadings, the Magistrate Judge issued a Report recommending that the
Defendant’s motion for summary judgment be denied. Docket No. 75. No objections were filed.
Accordingly, the Court reviews the Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation for clear
error. See United States v. Wilson, 864 F.2d 1219, 1221 (5th Cir. 1989); 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1);
Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b). After reviewing the Report and pleadings in this matter, the Court concludes
that the Magistrate Judge did not clearly err in finding that there is some evidence of Plaintiff’s
exhaustion of administrative remedies in the record.
It is accordingly
ORDERED that the Report of the Magistrate Judge (Docket No. 75) is ADOPTED as the
opinion of the Court. It is further
ORDERED that the Defendant Regina Lynch’s motion for summary judgment based on
exhaustion of administrative remedies (Docket No. 35) is DENIED.
So ORDERED and SIGNED this 30th day of August, 2017.
ROBERT W. SCHROEDER III
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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