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Brett Dillon v. Camarillo

December 12, 2011

BRETT DILLON,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
CAMARILLO, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.



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

ORDER REGARDING DISMISSAL OF CERTAIN CLAIMS IN FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT

I. Background

Plaintiff Brett Dillon ("Plaintiff") was a prisoner, formerly 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 December 30, 2010 in the Central District of California. The action was transferred to this Court on January 19, 2011.

On July 27, 2011, the Court issued a screening order requiring Plaintiff to either file a First Amended Complaint or inform the Court of his willingness to proceed only on the cognizable claim. The Court found that Plaintiff stated a cognizable retaliation claim against Defendant Jimenez.

Plaintiff opted to file a First Amended Complaint on August 29, 2011.

II. Legal Standard

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.

III. Summary Of First Amended Complaint

Plaintiff was previously incarcerated at California Correctional Institution ("CCI") in Tehachapi, California, where the events giving rise to this action occurred. Plaintiff names Correctional Officer Camarillo and Sergeant Jimenez as Defendants.

Plaintiff alleges that on July 11, 2010, Defendant Camarillo refused to accept his outgoing legal mail. He alleges that Defendant Camarillo refused to accept his outgoing legal mail "on many separate occasions," but Defendant never gave any reason for his refusal.

Plaintiff filed a 602 inmate grievance against Defendant Camarillo. On July 12, 2010, Plaintiff alleges that Defendant Jimenez deterred Plaintiff from continuing the grievance by informing Plaintiff that if he continued, it would result in harm or death by inmates or officers. Defendant Jimenez placed a prison shank and narcotics in front of the Plaintiff and presented Plaintiff with a 115 Serious Rules Violation Report for possession of these items.

Plaintiff seeks monetary and ...


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