United States District Court, E.D. California
ORDER DIRECTING CLERK TO FILE LODGED SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT
(ECF No. 13) ORDER DISMISSING ACTION WITH PREJUDICE FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM DISMISSAL COUNTS AS STRIKE PURSUANT TO 28 USC § 1915(g) CLERK TO TERMINATE ALL PENDING MOTIONS AND CLOSE CASE
MICHAEL J. SENG, Magistrate Judge.
Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in a civil rights action filed on August 4, 2014 pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
The Complaint was dismissed for failure to state a claim, but Plaintiff was granted leave to file an amended pleading. On September 8, 2014, Plaintiff filed a First Amended Complaint. On September 17, 2014, Plaintiff lodged a Second Amended Complaint, which is before the Court for screening.
I. SCREENING REQUIREMENT
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, malicious, " or 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).
II. PLEADING STANDARD
Section 1983 "provides a cause of action for the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws of the United States." Wilder v. Virginia Hosp. Ass'n, 496 U.S. 498, 508 (1990), quoting 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Section 1983 is not itself a source of substantive rights, but merely provides a method for vindicating federal rights conferred elsewhere. Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386, 393-94 (1989).
To state a claim under § 1983, a plaintiff must allege two essential elements: (1) that a right secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States was violated and (2) that the alleged violation was committed by a person acting under the color of state law. See West v. Atkins, 487 U.S. 42, 48 (1988); Ketchum v. Alameda Cnty., 811 F.2d 1243, 1245 (9th Cir. 1987).
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, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009), citing Bell Atlantic 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. Facial plausibility demands more than the mere possibility that a defendant committed misconduct and, while factual allegations are accepted as true, legal conclusions are not. Id. at 667-68.
III. SUMMARY OF PLAINTIFF'S ALLEGATIONS
Plaintiff names as Defendant Corcoran State Prison ("CSP") Correctional Officer Gallindo and alleges essentially as follows:
Defendant Gallindo handled more than twenty items of Plaintiff's outgoing personal mail addressed to outside agencies and family. Plaintiff has not received any response to these letters. He claims Gallindo tampered with his mail so as to prevent its delivery or response.
Plaintiff seeks monetary damages and an order that Gallindo be ...