Taylor v. Bell et al
MEMORANDUM ADOPTING 11 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS. The Plaintiff's 11 objections are overruled and the Report of the Magistrate Judge is adopted as the opinion of the District Court. It is further ordered that the Plaintiff's 9 motion to alter or amend the judgment is denied. Finally, it is ordered that any other motions which may be pending in this cause at this time are denied. Signed by Judge Ron Clark on 10/23/11. (ljw, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
CHARLIE RAY TAYLOR
OLIVER BELL, ET AL.
CIVIL ACTION NO. 9:11cv28
MEMORANDUM ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
OF THE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
AND DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO ALTER OR AMEND THE JUDGMENT
The Plaintiff Charlie Taylor, 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
matter be 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.
Taylor complained of denial of access to court, counsel, and legal materials through
restrictions on the access to legal materials given to inmates in administrative segregation. He also
complained of denial of the right to practice his religion because of “state officials” interfering with
how meals are served during Ramadan. Taylor argued that he was in “imminent danger of serious
physical injury” because of a 2007 disciplinary case which he said was still being used against him.
He also said that he was in “imminent danger” because prison officials use force and confiscate his
property when he is reduced in level within segregation, he is still housed in segregation, he cannot
get legal materials and thus cannot access the courts, and he suffers “pain in his heart” because of
seeing people refuse meals during Ramadan.
After review of the pleadings, the Magistrate Judge recommended that the lawsuit be
dismissed. The Magistrate Judge noted that Taylor has an extensive history of filing frivolous
lawsuits and thus is barred from proceeding under the in forma pauperis statute; instead, he must pay
the full filing fee or show that he is in imminent danger of serious physical injury. The Court
accepted the Magistrate Judge’s recommendation and dismissed the lawsuit on March 23, 2011.
Taylor subsequently filed a motion to alter or amend the judgment, arguing that he is in
“imminent danger” because the defendants “have superseded the Supreme Court of the United States
opinion directives for administrative segregation housed offenders by these defendants going over
the judiciary due processes pursuant to Wolff v. McDonnell [citation omitted] and pursuant to Ruiz
v. Estelle [citation omitted] this Court have put a pursuant to [sic] $350.00 filing fee over pursuant
to [sic] Access to Court Rules of federal and state books, from the law library, only offenders in
Taylor went on to refer to “Supreme Council 33 (bee hive) in Dallas,” gunnery sergeant
Carlos “White Feather” Hathcock, the Court of Yahweh coming to term perpetually on January 1,
2012, and a supposed incident in which the Magistrate Judge was “sitting in the cave on the Michael
Unit of My House of the Temple October 28, 1992, latitude line of 1000 inches.” He maintained,
incorrectly, that the Supreme Court has required that disciplinary hearings be conducted by a
committee of three persons, again says that he is being held in administrative segregation despite the
fact that prison officials refuse to honor due process, and complains that his right to religious
freedom is being violated.
On April 22, 2011, the Magistrate Judge issued a Report recommending that Taylor’s motion
to alter or amend the judgment be denied. The Magistrate Judge concluded that none of the
allegations in Taylor’s motion showed any basis for altering or amending the judgment, and none
showed that he was in imminent danger of serious physical injury.
Taylor filed objections to the Magistrate Judge’s Report on May 5 and September 14, 2011.
In his May 5 objections, Taylor argues that he is in “imminent danger” because he is on “high
profile” status, meaning that his cell is searched every day. He refers to a disciplinary case he
received and says that he was going to be released from administrative segregation in February but
that his release was stopped by TDCJ-CID Director Rick Thaler. He also asserts that disciplinary
committees must be made up of three members and says that the committee must “reflect the ethnic
races of the prison population,” including a requirement that if the prisoner is African-American, one
of the officers must be as well. Taylor also raises other issues, but none of these show that he is in
imminent danger of serious physical injury. His September 14 objections present the same claims
as in his earlier objections, and are equally meritless.
The Court has conducted a careful de novo review of the pleadings in this cause, the Report
of the Magistrate Judge, and the Plaintiff’s objections thereto. Upon such de novo review, the Court
has concluded that the Report of the Magistrate Judge is correct and that the Plaintiff’s objections
are without merit. It is accordingly
ORDERED that the Plaintiff’s objections are overruled and the Report of the Magistrate
Judge (docket no. 11) is ADOPTED as the opinion of the District Court. It is further
ORDERED that the Plaintiff’s motion to alter or amend the judgment (docket no. 9) is hereby
DENIED. Finally, it is
ORDERED that any other motions which may be pending in this cause at this time are hereby
So ORDERED and SIGNED this 23 day of October, 2011.
Ron Clark, United States District Judge
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