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Stephen v. Zhang

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


November 9, 2010

JIMMIE STEPHEN, PLAINTIFF,
v.
F. ZHANG, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

ORDER

Plaintiff is a state prison inmate proceeding pro se with a civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. He has filed a motion for leave to file a supplemental complaint and a motion for an order directing prison authorities to provide ribbons for the typewriters in the law library.

I. Supplemental Complaint

Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(d), a party may seek leave of court to file a supplemental complaint containing claims that accrued after the initial complaint was filed. Cabrera v. City of Huntington Park, 159 F.3d 374, 382 (9th Cir. 1998). It is difficult to determine whether plaintiff's claims satisfy the requirements for a supplemental complaint because the vague allegations appear to include incidents from 2005, 2009 and 2010.

In addition, given the pendency of defendants' motion to dismiss, the court will not consider further motions to file amended or supplemental complaints until the ultimate status of the action is resolved.

II. Motion For Typewriters With Ribbons

Plaintiff alleges that prison authorities are refusing to spend money from the inmate welfare fund on typewriter ribbons and that this has the potential of denying him access to the courts. He supports his argument with a letter from the California Supreme Court from 2004 reminding him that he should file typewritten copies of his petition for review. The court notes, however, that many of the documents plaintiff has filed in this case have been typewritten and that the court has not rejected his handwritten documents. He has not shown he has been denied access to the court in this case.

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that plaintiff's request to file a supplemental complaint (doc. no. 58) is denied.

IT IS HEREBY RECOMMENDED that plaintiff's request for an order directing prison authorities to provide typewriter ribbons (doc. no. 53), interpreted as a request for injunctive relief, be denied.

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, any party may file written objections with the court and serve a copy on all parties. Such a document should be captioned "Objections to Magistrate Judge's Findings and Recommendations." Any reply to the objections shall be served and filed within fourteen days after service of the objections. The parties are 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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