Riddick v. Bunch et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Thomas T. Cullen on 7/14/2021. (Opinion mailed to Pro Se Parties via US Mail)(slt)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
S. BUNCH, et al.,
Civil Action No. 7:20-cv-00597
Hon. Thomas T. Cullen
United States District Judge
Steve Riddick, a Virginia inmate proceeding pro se, filed this civil rights complaint
pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that prison officials interfered with a mailing he tried to
send to the Washington Post newspaper about his lawsuits, in retaliation for his prior litigation
efforts. Mailroom officials claimed they never received the mailing. By opinion and order
entered January 29, 2021, the Hon. Glen E. Conrad, Senior United States District Judge,
summarily dismissed the case under 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(c)(1) for failure to state a claim upon
which relief could be granted. Riddick v. Bunch, No. 7:20CV00597, 2021 WL 312345, at *1
(W.D. Va. Jan. 29, 2021) (finding that Riddick’s factual allegations concerning his missing
mailing, taken as true, failed to state any constitutional claim so as to be actionable under
Riddick has now filed a “motion for reconsideration [and] to reinstate,” arguing that
before dismissing the case, the court should review surveillance camera footage that might
show what happened to his missing mailing. For reasons explained in the court’s prior
opinion, however, Riddick’s complaint about one mailing being mishandled or lost does not
rise to the level of a constitutional violation. Thus, the video footage would have no bearing
on the validity of this aspect of his claim. Moreover, video of his mailing could not substitute
for the lack of any factual matter in the complaint suggesting that defendants who handled his
mailing knew its contents or disposed of the mailing to retaliate against him for his lawsuits.
In short, the court finds no basis in the motion on which Riddick is entitled to relief
from the dismissal order in this case. Therefore, the court will deny his motion seeking
The clerk is directed to forward a copy of this Memorandum Opinion and
accompanying Order to Plaintiff.
ENTERED this 14th day of July, 2021.
/s/ Thomas T. Cullen____________________
HON. THOMAS T. CULLEN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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