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Cranford v. Jessica C.

United States District Court, E.D. California

February 13, 2015

ARCHIE CRANFORD, Plaintiff,
v.
JESSICA C., et al., Defendants.

SCREENING ORDER DISMISSING FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT WITH LEAVE TO AMEND (ECF No. 13)

BARBARA A. McAULIFFE, Magistrate Judge.

Plaintiff Archie Cranford ("Plaintiff") is a civil detainee proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action. On January 28, 2015, the Court dismissed Plaintiff's complaint with leave to amend within thirty days. Plaintiff's first amended complaint, filed on February 9, 2015, is currently before the Court for screening pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915.

I. Screening Requirement

"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 , 556 U.S. 662, 678, 129 S.Ct. 1937, 173 L.Ed.2d 868 (2009) (citing Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly , 550.S. 544, 555 (2007)). Plaintiff must set forth "sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.'" Id . (quoting Twombly, 550 U.S. at 570). While factual allegations are accepted as true, legal conclusions are not. Id.

II. Allegations in Complaint

Plaintiff is housed at Coalinga State Hospital ("CSH"), where the events in the complaint are alleged to have occurred. Plaintiff names Jessica C. as a defendant in the caption of the complaint.

Plaintiff alleges as follows:
[D]uring the graveyard shift plaintiff was awalen with massave chest paine and with exstreem difficalty reported his medical condishion to the defendants or at least tried to do so all defendants failed to provide plaintiff with medical care by takeing plaintiffs vitals and give plaintiff his hart medichion which concists in inadequate medical care....

(ECF No. 13, p. 1) (unedited text).

III. Discussion

A. Linkage Requirement

The Civil Rights Act under which this action was filed provides:

Every person who, under color of [state law]... subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States... to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution... shall be liable to the party injured in an ...

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