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Bruce Patrick Haney v. B. Sanders

April 22, 2011

BRUCE PATRICK HANEY,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
B. SANDERS, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Dennis L. Beck United States Magistrate Judge

FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION RECOMMENDING DISMISSAL OF ACTION FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM

(DOC. 12)

OBJECTIONS DUE WITHIN TWENTY-ONE DAYS

Findings And Recommendation

I. Background

Plaintiff Bruce Patrick Haney ("Plaintiff") is a prisoner in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ("CDCR"). Plaintiff is proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff initiated this action by filing his complaint on October 13, 2009. Doc. 1. On December 3, 2009, the Court dismissed Plaintiff's complaint with leave to amend. On November 22, 2010, Plaintiff filed his first amended complaint. Doc. 12.

The Court is required to screen complaints brought by prisoners seeking relief against a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a). The Court must dismiss a complaint or portion thereof if the prisoner has raised claims that are legally "frivolous or malicious," that fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or that seek monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1),(2). "Notwithstanding any filing fee, or any portion thereof, that may have been paid, the court shall dismiss the case at any time if the court determines that . . . the action or appeal . . . fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted." 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii).

A complaint must contain "a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief . . . ." Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a)(2). Detailed factual allegations are not required, but "[t]hreadbare recitals of the elements of a cause of action, supported by mere conclusory statements, do not suffice." Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. 1937, 1949 (2009) (citing Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 555 (2007)). Plaintiff must set forth "sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to 'state a claim that is plausible on its face.'" Id. (quoting Twombly, 550 U.S. at 555). While factual allegations are accepted as true, legal conclusions are not. Id.

II. Summary Of Amended Complaint

Plaintiff is currently incarcerated at California State Prison, Corcoran ("CSP-Cor") in Corcoran, California. Plaintiff names as Defendants B. Sanders, librarian, and S. Wortman, supervising librarian.

Plaintiff alleges the following. In March 2009, Plaintiff sent legal documents to the law library for copying in order to meet a court deadline. Defendant Sanders refused to provide legal copies, or in-cell legal paging. Plaintiff then filed an inmate grievance regarding this, contending interference with Plaintiff's access to the courts. Plaintiff was interviewed by Defendant Wortman, who denied Plaintiff's grievance. Defendant Wortman found that PLU inmates get two hours of access to the law library once a week, and could write notes off the computer and make legal copies.

Plaintiff then filed an inmate grievance against Defendant Wortman. Defendant Wortman ordered all prison law librarians at CSP-Cor to not provide legal paging, copies of Title 15 of the California Code of Regulations as exhibits, copies of civil subpoenas, change of address forms, or 602 inmate grievance forms. Plaintiff contends that Defendant Wortman denied Plaintiff PLU access to the law library to prepare for a hearing and to prepare an opposition to a motion for summary judgment.

Plaintiff seeks as relief ...


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