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Roberts v. Cate


November 8, 2010


The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge


Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding without counsel and in forma pauperis with a civil rights complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This proceeding was referred to this court by Local Rule 302 pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). On September 27, 2010, plaintiff file a third amended complaint as required by the court's August 27, 2010 order.

Plaintiff names John Marshall, Warden of the California Men's Colony, San Luis Obispo, California, as a defendant herein. Plaintiff alleges this defendant is "directly responsible for a tacit authorization of violative policy or custom of inadequate mental health care within California Men's Colony." (Dkt. No. 31 at 6.) This action is proceeding on plaintiff's claim that in 2007, while he was housed in California Medical Facility ("CMF"), prison officials ignored Dr. McDogold's recommendation that plaintiff be housed near his family in Southern California. Plaintiff's allegations against defendant Marshall challenge mental health care generally at California Men's Colony. (Dkt. No. 31 at 6.) Despite the fact plaintiff included defendant Marshall's name along with defendant Cate in certain charging allegations, there is no indication that defendant Marshall was aware of, or took action with regard to, prison officials' failure to transfer plaintiff closer to his family as allegedly prescribed by CMF psychologist Dr. McDogold. Plaintiff has failed to assert defendant Marshall, Warden of California Men's Colony, was even aware of Dr. McDogold's recommendation. Moreover, any complaints plaintiff may have concerning medical or mental health treatment at the California Men's Colony must first be exhausted through administrative grievance procedures at California Men's Colony and, if those remedies fail, and plaintiff opts to seek legal remedy, any action concerning claims that occurred at California Men's Colony must be filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.*fn1 Plaintiff has not demonstrated that defendant Marshall was involved in the decision to transfer plaintiff from California Medical Facility to California Men's Colony. Accordingly, plaintiff's claims against defendant Marshall should be dismissed.

The third amended complaint states a potentially cognizable claim for relief pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b) against defendants Cate and Knowles. If the allegations of the third amended complaint are proven, plaintiff has a reasonable opportunity to prevail on the merits of this action.

In light of the above, defendants' motion for an additional thirty days to respond to the third amended complaint will be granted.

In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Service is appropriate for the following defendants: Cate and Knowles.

2. Defendants' September 16, 2010 motion (dkt. no. 32) is granted.

3. Defendants Cate and Knowles shall file a responsive pleading within thirty days from the date of this order.

IT IS HEREBY RECOMMENDED that plaintiff's claims against defendant Marshall be dismissed without prejudice.

These findings and recommendations are submitted to the United States District Judge assigned to the case, pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l). Within twenty-one days after being served with these findings and recommendations, plaintiff may file written objections with the court. The document should be captioned "Objections to Magistrate Judge's Findings and Recommendations." Plaintiff is advised that failure to file objections within the specified time may waive the right to appeal the District Court's order. Martinez v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1991).

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