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Roman v. Adams

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


August 5, 2010

ISIDRO ROMAN, PLAINTIFF,
v.
DERRAL G. ADAMS, WARDEN, ET AL., DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Janis L. Sammartino United States District Judge

ORDER ADOPTING MAGISTRATE JUDGE PORTER'S RECOMMENDATIONS OF DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO DISMISS AND PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT REPORT AND (Doc. Nos. 70, 78, 88, 89.)

Plaintiff Isidro Roman, a prisoner proceeding pro se, brings this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against various Defendants. Plaintiff complains of events which allegedly occurred while he was incarcerated at Calipatria State Prison and Kern Valley State Prison. His Third Amended Complaint asserts causes of actions for violations of his First Amendment right to be free from retaliation; Sixth Amendment right to confront his accusers; Fourteenth Amendment right to due process; and Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.

On September 4, 2009, Defendants filed a motion to dismiss Plaintiff's Third Amended Complaint. (Doc. No. 70.) Plaintiff filed an opposition to this motion on November 23, 2009 (Doc. No. 76), and Defendants did not file a reply. On December 4, 2009, Plaintiff filed a motion for summary judgment. (Doc. No. 78.) Defendants filed a response in opposition on February 5, 2010 and Plaintiff filed a reply on February 24, 2010. (Doc. Nos. 81, 83.)

Magistrate Judge Porter issued a Report and Recommendation ("R&R") as to both the motion to dismiss and the motion for summary judgment on June 24, 2010 and June 25, 2010, respectively. (Doc. Nos. 88, 89.) Magistrate Judge Porter recommended this Court grant in part and deny in part Defendants' motion to dismiss. (Doc. No. 88.) In doing so, the only remaining causes of action would be:

(1) First Amendment Claim for Retaliation against Defendants Rush, Barajas, Ibarra, Alderete, Lopez, Gonzalez, Rodriguez-Toledo, Martinez, Hernandez, Teeters, Nutt, and Rodiles; and

(2) Eighth Amendment Claim for Excessive Force against Defendants Martinez, Hernandez, Teeters, Nutt, Rodiles, and Barajas. (Id. at 20.) All other claims would be dismissed without leave to amend, except for Plaintiff's due process claim and request for injunctive relief which were recommended to be dismissed without prejudice. (Id. at 19-20.) Magistrate Judge Porter further recommended this Court deny Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment without prejudice. (Doc. No. 89.)

Rule 72(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) set forth the duties of a district court in connection with a magistrate judge's report and recommendation. "The district court must make a de novo determination of those portions of the report . . . to which objection is made," and "may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate." 28 U.S.C. 636(b)(1)(c); see also United States v. Remsing, 874 F.2d 614, 617 (9th Cir. 1989); United States v. Raddatz, 447 U.S. 667, 676 (1980). However, in the absence of timely objection, the Court need "only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on the face of the record." Fed. R. Civ. P. 72, Advisory Committee Notes (1983) (citing Campbell v. U.S. Dist. Court, 501 F.2d 196, 206 (9th Cir. 1974)).

In this case, Plaintiff has failed to timely file objections to both of Magistrate Judge Porter's R&Rs, which were due on or before July 16, 2010. Having reviewed the R&Rs, the Court finds that it is thorough, well reasoned, and contains no clear error. Therefore, the Court adopts both R&Rs in full.

The Court hereby:

(1) ADOPTS Magistrate Judge Porter's Report and Recommendation on both Defendants' motion to dismiss and Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment,

(2) GRANTS IN PART and DENIES IN PART Defendants' motion to dismiss,

(3) DENIES Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment; and

(4) GRANTS leave to amend those claims which are dismissed without prejudice. Plaintiff may file a Fourth Amended Complaint curing the deficiencies stated in Magistrate Judge Porter's R&R on the motion to dismiss within 45 days of the date this Order is electronically docketed.

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