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Jones v. Lockett

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


July 23, 2009

AARON T. JONES, PLAINTIFF
v.
MELVIN LOCKETT, SUPERINTENDENT; FRANCIS ROYER, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT; PAUL THOMAS, SCHOOL PRINCIPAL; DAWN DAVIS, LIBRARIAN; PATRICIA COLLINS, LIBRARIAN ASSISTANT; JAMES INGELBETCH, CORRECTIONAL OFFICER; JAMES SCEKERES, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT AT S.C.I. GREENSBURG; TREVOR WINGARD, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT AT S.C.I. GREENSBURG; LORI KWISNEK, HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATOR; ROBERT BUSSARD, INTELLIGENCE CAPTAIN ) AT S.C.I. GREENSBURG; TONI COLLAND, SUPERINTENDENT ASSISTANT/GRIEVANCE COORDINATOR/PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER; KENNETH NIEDIGH, EDUCATIONAL INSTRUCTOR AT S.C.I. GREENSBURG; CHARLES WALTERS, ADADEMIC COUNSELOR AT S.C.I. GREENSBURG; JEFFREY A. BEARD, SECRETARY OF THE STATES OF PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, DEFENDANTS

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Terrence F. McVerry United States District Judge

Judge Terrence F. McVerry/Magistrate Judge Amy Reynolds Hay

ORDER

AND NOW, this 23rd day of July, 2009, after the plaintiff, Aaron T. Jones, filed an action in the above-captioned case, and after a Motion to Dismiss was filed by defendants, and after a Report and Recommendation was filed by the United States Magistrate Judge granting the parties until June 25, 2009, to file written objections thereto, and upon consideration of the objections filed by plaintiff, which lack merit, and upon independent review of the record, and upon consideration of the Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation, which is adopted as the opinion of this Court,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Motion to Dismiss (Doc. 66 ) is granted in part and denied in part. It is GRANTED as to all claims against all Defendants except it is DENIED as to the following claims against the following defendants: (1) Equal Protection claim against Defendants Thomas, Davis, Collins and Engelbrecht concerning Plaintiff being denied employment as an inmate library aide; (2) First Amendment claims of content based censorship against Defendants Collins and Davis for their alleged role in disbanding/discarding African American interest section of the library; (3) First Amendment retaliation claim against Defendant Walters where Walters fired Plaintiff from his peer to peer tutoring position; (4) Equal Protection claim against Walters based upon the same firing; and (5) Eighth Amendment deliberate indifference claim against Defendant Kwisnek as to denial of medication while in the RHU. Consequently, Defendants Lockett, Royer, Scekeres, Wingard, Bussard, Colland, Niedigh, Beard and Watson*fn1 are hereby DISMISSED as party defendants. Accordingly the caption will be amended to henceforth read as follows:

AARON T. JONES, Plaintiff v. PAUL THOMAS, School Principal; DAWN DAVIS, Librarian; PATRICIA COLLINS, Librarian Assistant; JAMES INGLEBETCH, Correctional Officer; LORI KWISNEK, Health Care Administrator and CHARLES WALTERS, Academic Counselor at S.C.I. Greensburg Defendants.

Honorable Amy Reynolds Hay United States Magistrate Judge


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