Searching over 5,500,000 cases.


searching
Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.

Baptiste v. B. Martinez

United States District Court, N.D. California

December 26, 2019

KENNETH E. BAPTISTE, Plaintiff,
v.
B. MARTINEZ, et al., Defendants.

          ORDER DISMISSING AMENDED COMPLAINT WITH LEAVE TO AMEND; DENYING REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION RE: DKT. NO. 8

          HAYWOOD S. GILLIAM, JR. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         INTRODUCTION

         Plaintiff, an inmate at California Training Facility - Central (“CTF”), filed this pro se civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. His amended complaint (Dkt. No. 7) is now before the Court for review under 28 U.S.C. § 1915A.

         DISCUSSION

         A.Standard of Review

         A federal court must engage in a preliminary screening of any case in which a prisoner seeks redress from a governmental entity, or from an officer or an employee of a governmental entity. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a). In its review, the Court must identify any cognizable claims, and dismiss any claims which are frivolous, malicious, fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or seek monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b) (1), (2). Pro se pleadings must be liberally construed. Balistreri v. Pacifica Police Dep't, 901 F.2d 696, 699 (9th Cir. 1990).

         Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8(a)(2) requires only “a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief.” Fed.R.Civ.P. 8(a)(2). “Specific facts are not necessary; the statement need only ‘give the defendant fair notice of what the . . . . claim is and the grounds upon which it rests.'” Erickson v. Pardus, 551 U.S. 89, 93 (2007) (citations omitted). “[A] plaintiff's obligation to provide the ‘grounds' of his ‘entitle[ment] to relief' requires more than labels and conclusions, and a formulaic recitation of the elements of a cause of action will not do. . . . Factual allegations must be enough to raise a right to relief above the speculative level.” Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 555 (2007) (citations omitted). A complaint must proffer “enough facts to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.” Id. at 570.

         To state a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, a plaintiff must allege two elements: (1) that a right secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States was violated; and (2) that the violation was committed by a person acting under the color of state law. West v. Atkins, 487 U.S. 42, 48 (1988).

         B. Amended Complaint

         The amended complaint names the following CTF-Central prison officials as defendants: Correctional Counselor II B. Martinez, staff psychologist DeAntoni, Sr. Psychologist Wynn, Chief of Mental Health J. Howlin, and Warden Hatton. The amended complaint also names as a defendant California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Healthcare Services Deputy Director of Policy and Risk Management J. Lewis. Dkt. No. 7 at 3.

         The amended complaint makes the following allegations. Plaintiff is a participant in the Mental Health Placement program (CCCMS) for a mental disorder. On June 22, 2016, Defendant Martinez, in his capacity as the chairperson of plaintiff's initial classification hearing, denied plaintiff's request to have his single cell status reinstated “in spite of all the relevant case factors and established policies to the contrary.” On August 3, 2016, at plaintiff's initial treatment team housing / program recommendation hearing, Defendants DeAntoni, Wynn and Howlin also denied plaintiff's request for single cell status despite plaintiff's mental health concerns and their constitutional and ethical obligations. Defendant Lewis reviewed this matter and Defendant Hatton was aware of this matter, but these defendants also failed to reinstate plaintiff's single-cell status. As relief, Plaintiff seeks the reinstatement of his single-cell status. Dkt. No. 7.

         The amended complaint will be dismissed with leave to amend because it does not allege the violation of federal constitutional or statutory rights. In filing an amended complaint, plaintiff should specify what federal constitutional or statutory right was violated by the denial of single-cell status, and how the denial violated that federal constitutional or statutory right.

         C. Motion for Relief From Order

         Plaintiff has filed a motion for relief from order pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 60(b)(1), (6). Dkt. No. 8. Fed.R.Civ.P. 60(b) provides for relief from a final order. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b). The Court's November 6, 2019 order denying plaintiff's request for an ex parte preliminary injunction or temporary restraining order was not a final order. Accordingly, the Court construes this motion as a renewed motion for a temporary restraining order. In this renewed motion, plaintiff alleges that he should be granted an ex parte temporary restraining order for the reasons set forth in his original motion (Dkt. No. 3) and because he has been housed in a single-cell since April 2017 despite not having single-cell status, a fact which he had omitted to tell the Court previously. The fact that plaintiff has been housed in a single-cell since April 2017 despite not having single-cell status weighs against granting a temporary restraining order. A temporary restraining order may be granted without written or oral notice to the adverse party or that party's attorney only if: (1) it clearly appears from specific facts shown by affidavit or by the verified complaint that immediate and irreparable injury, loss or damage will result to the applicant before the adverse party or the party's attorney can be heard in opposition, and (2) the applicant's attorney certifies in writing the efforts, if any, which have been made to give notice and the reasons supporting the claim that notice should not be required. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 65(b). Here, plaintiff alleges that he does not have single-cell status and will be at risk if double-celled. However, despite not having single-cell status, plaintiff has been housed in a single cell for over two years, indicating that the alleged potential injury is not ...


Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.