IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
August 30, 2010
DONALD NELSON, ET AL. PLAINTIFFS,
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, ET AL. DEFENDANTS.
Donald Nelson, Joseph Simpson, Thomas Brewer, and Donald Canfield, formerly incarcerated at Butte County Jail, filed this civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 through counsel. This proceeding was referred to this court by Local Rule 302 pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A, the court shall review "a complaint in a civil action in which a prisoner seeks redress from a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity." 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a). Under that statute, a "prisoner" includes "any person incarcerated or detained in any facility who is accused of, convicted of, sentenced for, or adjudicated delinquent for, violations of criminal law or the terms and conditions of parole, probation, pretrial release, or diversionary program." Id. § 1915A(c). "On review, the court shall identify cognizable claims or dismiss the complaint, or any portion of the complaint, if the complaint (1) is frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted; or (2) seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief." Id. § 1915A(b).
The court finds that, for the limited purposes of § 1915A screening, the complaint states cognizable claims for relief against all named defendants.*fn1
Accordingly, it hereby is ordered that service is appropriate for defendants Butte County Sheriff's Department, Sergeant Hovey, Lieutenant Bryan Flicker, Correctional Officer Patrick Narvais, Correctional Officer Maffucci, Correctional Officer Demmers, Correctional Officer Mell, Correctional Officer Bentley, Correctional Officer Stockwell, Correctional Officer Morehead, Sheriff's Deputy J. Deal, Sheriff's Deputy McNulty, Sheriff's Deputy Paley, Captain Jerry Jones, and California Forensic Medical Group.
The Clerk shall issue a summons and immediately forward same to counsel for plaintiff to effect service of process on the above-named defendants.