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Heleva v. Kunkle

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


March 17, 2006

DANIEL A. HELEVA, PLAINTIFF
v.
SANDRA KUNKLE, ET AL., DEFENDANTS

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Christopher C. Conner United States District Judge

ORDER

AND NOW, this 17th day of March, 2006, upon consideration of the motion for summary judgment (Doc. 69), filed by defendants Sandra Kunkle, David Keenhold, Paul Jennings, Michael Taeberry, and Garry McFarland, asserting, inter alia, that plaintiff, appearing pro se in this case, has not filed grievances or exhausted available administrative remedies for his Eighth Amendment claims*fn1 of deliberate indifference to a serious medical need and serious risk of harm brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983*fn2 (see Doc. 1), see 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(a) ("No action shall be brought with respect to prison conditions under section 1983 . . . by a prisoner confined in any jail, prison, or other correctional facility until such administrative remedies as are available are exhausted."), and upon further consideration of plaintiff's contention that defendants have not produced all grievances submitted by plaintiff (see Doc. 88 ¶¶ 5-7), and it appearing that, by the order of court dated September 27, 2005 (Doc. 82), the court found that plaintiff failed to demonstrate deliberate indifference by defendant Dr. Prakashschandra Shah ("Dr. Shah"),*fn3 and it further appearing that plaintiff has submitted grievances that have not been produced by defendants (compare Doc. 67, Ex. at 29, 38, 48, and Civil Action No. 1:05-CV-1139, Doc. 20 at 6, 11, 15, with Doc. 70, Ex. C), it is hereby ORDERED that defendants' motion for summary judgment (Doc. 69) is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part as follows:

1. The motion (Doc. 69) is GRANTED with respect to plaintiff's Eighth Amendment claim of deliberate indifference to a serious medical need against defendants David Keenhold, Paul Jennings, Michael Taeberry, and Garry McFarland. See Estelle v. Gamble, 429 U.S. 97, 107 (1976); Spruill v. Gillis, 372 F.3d 218, 235-36 (3d Cir. 2004). The motion (Doc. 69) is GRANTED with respect to plaintiff's state constitutional claims against defendants Sandra Kunkle, David Keenhold, Paul Jennings, Michael Taeberry, and Garry McFarland. See Elkin v. Fauver, 969 F.2d 48, 52 (3d Cir. 1992); Brown v. Grabowski, 922 F.2d 1097, 1113 (3d Cir. 1990).

a. The Clerk of Court is directed to defer the entry of judgment until the conclusion of this case.

b. Any appeal from this order is DEEMED frivolous and not in good faith. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).

2. The motion (Doc. 69) is otherwise DENIED without prejudice.

3. Defendants shall be permitted to file, on or before April 21, 2006, a second motion for summary judgment and brief in support on the remaining Eighth Amendment failure-to-protect claim.

a. Any second motion for summary judgment shall be accompanied by a statement of material facts, which shall include references to the parts of the record that support the statements.*fn4 See L.R. 56.1.

b. Any failure-to-exhaust argument included in a second motion for summary judgment shall fully discuss and explain the discrepancy between the grievances and appeals produced by defendants (see Doc. 70, Ex. C) and those produced by plaintiff (see Doc. 67, Ex. at 29, 38, 48; see also Civil Action No. 1:05-CV-1139, Doc. 20 at 6, 11, 15).

c. Plaintiff shall file, on or before May 8, 2006, a brief in opposition to any second motion for summary judgment and a response to defendants' statement of material facts. See L.R. 7.6, 56.1. The opposing statement of facts shall include references to the parts of the record that support the statements. See L.R. 56.1.

d. Defendants shall be permitted to file a brief in reply on or before May 22, 2006.


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