O'Malley v. Carr et al
SCREENING ORDER signed by Judge William C Griesbach on 1/13/2023. Ryan Baumann shall file a responsive pleading to the second amended complaint within 60 days of receiving notice of this order. (cc: all counsel)(Griesbach, William)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
ROBERT C. O’MALLEY,
Case No. 22-C-268
Plaintiff Robert O’Malley, who is currently serving a state prison sentence at Green Bay
Correctional Institution, filed a complaint under 42 U.S.C. §1983, alleging that his civil rights were
violated. This matter comes before the Court to screen the second amended complaint, as is
required by 28 U.S.C. §1915A.
SCREENING OF THE COMPLAINT
The Court has a duty to review any complaint in which a prisoner seeks redress from a
governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity, and dismiss any complaint
or portion thereof if the prisoner has raised any claims that are legally “frivolous or malicious,”
that fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or that seek monetary relief from a
defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. §1915A(b). In screening a complaint, the
Court must determine whether the complaint complies with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
and states at least plausible claims for which relief may be granted. To state a cognizable claim
under the federal notice pleading system, a plaintiff is required to provide a “short and plain statement
of the claim showing that [he] is entitled to relief.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a)(2).
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ALLEGATIONS OF THE SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT
O’Malley explains that, on December 21, 2020, he was laying on the floor of his cell when
officers ordered him to get up and exit his cell. O’Malley asserts that he suffers from diabetic
neuropathy in both his legs and feet and is reliant on supplemental oxygen. He states that he told
officers that, because of his disabilities, he could not get up. According to O’Malley, officers
pulled him off the floor, removed the oxygen tubes from his nose, and dragged him to a visiting
room where he was handcuffed to the door. O’Malley asserts that he was unable to stand up, so
he slumped to the floor. He asserts that Defendant Ryan Baumann ordered him to stand up, after
which O’Malley was strip searched. According to O’Malley, Baumann then pepper sprayed him
in his face and eyes and in the back of his head for no reason. Dkt. No. 31 at 3.
THE COURT’S ANALYSIS
“[T]he unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain . . . constitutes cruel and unusual
punishment forbidden by the Eighth Amendment.” Hudson v. McMillian, 503 U.S. 1, 5 (1992)
(quoting Whitley v. Albers, 475 U.S. 312, 319 (1986)).
The “core judicial inquiry” when
considering the amount of force used is “whether [the] force was applied in a good-faith effort to
maintain or restore discipline, or maliciously and sadistically to cause harm.” Id. at 6 (citing
Whitley, 475 U.S. at 320–21). O’Malley may proceed on an excessive force claim based on
allegations that Baumann sprayed him with pepper spray without provocation and without risk of
harm to himself or others.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that pursuant to an informal service agreement between
the Wisconsin Department of Justice and this Court, copies of O’Malley’s second amended
complaint and this order are being electronically sent today to the Wisconsin Department of Justice
for service on Ryan Baumann.
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IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, pursuant to the informal service agreement between
the Wisconsin Department of Justice and this Court, Ryan Baumann shall file a responsive
pleading to the second amended complaint within sixty days of receiving electronic notice of this
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the parties may not begin discovery until after the
Court enters a scheduling order setting deadlines for discovery and dispositive motions.
Dated at Green Bay, Wisconsin this 13th day of January, 2023.
s/ William C. Griesbach
William C. Griesbach
United States District Judge
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