Salas v. Grams et al

Filing 44

ORDER denying 41 Motion for Reconsideration. Signed by Chief Judge Barbara B. Crabb on 9/1/09. (elc),(ps)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FO R THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN --------------------------------------------MANUEL SALAS, P la i n t i f f , v. 0 9 -c v -2 3 7 -s lc G R EG O R Y GRAMS, LORI ALSUM, JA M ES GREER, GLORIA MARQUARDT, C Y N T H IA THORPE, DALIA SULIENE, R .N . KETARKUS, PAUL PERSSON, and STEVE HELGERSON, D efendan ts. --------------------------------------------In an order entered June 3, 2009, I granted plaintiff Manuel Salas leave to proceed in forma pauperis on his claims that defendants violated his Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights by discussing or approving the discussion of his private medical information in the presence of other inmates and staff, and violated his Eighth Amendment rights by failing to pro tect him from a substantial risk of serious self-harm. Now before the court is plaintiff's "motion to have things put on record," dkt. #41, which I have construed as a motion for reconsideration of the screening order. Plaintiff states that although he has been allowed to proceed on his claims that defendan ts violated his right to privacy in his medical information and failed to protect him from self-harm, he believes that his "adequate facilities" claim is being overlooked. In the ORDER 1 co m p lain t, plaintiff alleged that inmates are forced to be examined in the dayroom and kitchen area in front of other inmates and staff. According to the complaint, inmates who are housed in the wings adjacent to the dayroom and kitchen can hear and see medical exam inations being conducted by health service unit personnel. Plaintiff asks that this issue be part of the record and a basis for his claim. As I explained in the screening order, because plaintiff never underwent a significant physical examination in the dayroom or kitchen (a nurse once examined a cut on his arm), he has no grounds to bring a constitutional claim for invasion of bodily privacy. However, defendants' alleged practice of examining inmates in public areas of the prison is part of the record and will be relevant to his medical information privacy and failure to protect claims. Because nothing in plaintiff's motion convinces me that I erred in screening the complaint, I will deny plaintiff's motion for reconsideration. ORDER IT IS ORDERED that plaintiff Manuel Salas's motion for reconsideration of the screening order, dkt. #41, is DENIED. E n tered this 1s t day of September, 2009. B Y THE COURT: /s/ _ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ B AR B AR A B. CRABB D istrict Judge 2

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