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Peters v. Brown

United States District Court, W.D. Pennsylvania

August 22, 2017

JOHN BRADLEY PETERS, SR., Plaintiff,
v.
JASON BROWN, KEVIN BICKLE, WILLIAM GALLAGHER, DR. HOSNY MIKHAIL, BROOKVILLE HOSPITAL, OFFICER SPADER and JEFFERSON COUNTY JAIL, Defendants.

          Lisa Pupo Lenihan, Magistrate Judge.

          MEMORANDUM ORDER

          ARTHUR J. SCHWAB, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         This civil action was commenced on March 7, 2016 when Plaintiff filed his Complaint against the above captioned Defendants. (Doc. 1.) The case was referred to United States Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan for pretrial proceedings in accordance with the Magistrate Judges Act, 28 U.S.C. §636(b)(1), and Local Rules of Court 72.C and 72.D.

         The Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation (Doc. 47), filed on July 19, 2017, recommended that the Motion to Dismiss filed by Defendants Anthony Spader and Jefferson County Jail (Doc. 15) be granted. The parties were informed that in accordance with the Magistrate Judges Act, 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and (C), and Rule 72.D.2 of the Local Rules of Court, that they had fourteen (14) days to file any objections from the date of service. On August 7, 2017, Plaintiff filed a two page “answer”/objection in which he again recited the facts of his alleged claim. Doc. 54.

         Plaintiff had sought to file an Amended Complaint, but did not attach said proposed Amended Complaint to his filing on August 1, 2017. Doc. 52. Plaintiff's Motion to Amend the Complaint was denied without prejudice for him to refile the Motion to Amend and to attach his proposed Amended Complaint by no later than August 16, 2017. Doc. 53. On August 18, 2017, two days after the deadline for filing the Motion for Leave to Amend the Complaint, Plaintiff filed an Amended Complaint, now without seeking leave to do so.[1]

         Accepting the facts as true, the Court does not find that the Amended Complaint cures the deficiencies raised in the Report and Recommendation on the Motion to Dismiss. First of all, the Court notes that Plaintiff, in his Amended Complaint, has added new Defendants (Warden Thomas Elbel and Cheryl Adams, RN, Brookville Borough and Jefferson County) and deleted claims against certain Defendants (Jefferson County Jail and Brookville Hospital) from his Amended Complaint.

         As for the claims of medical indifference against Warden Thomas Elbel, the Report and Recommendation specifically found that any anticipated new claims against the Warden would be without merit. The Court finds that there can be no claim against the Warden and therefore dismisses that claim sua sponte.[2]

         Plaintiff's Amended Complaint as against Jefferson County, alleges that Jefferson County Jail was deliberately indifferent to his medical needs, and while naming Jefferson County as the Defendant, the facts as alleged are actually a re-casted claim against Jefferson County Jail, which the Report and Recommendation has correctly found is not a cognizable claim. See Paragraph 108 of Amended Complaint at doc. 55 (“Jefferson County, through the policies and/or customs of Jefferson County Jail to allow, permit or instruct Jefferson County Jail employees to perform their [sic] duties in a way that denied Plaintiff the rights guaranteed him by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”)[3]

         After de novo review of the pleadings and documents in the case, together with the Report and Recommendation, and the “answer” of Plaintiff to the Report and Recommendation, as well as the Amended Complaint, the following Order is entered:

         AND NOW, this 22nd day of August, 2017, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Motion to Dismiss filed by Defendants Anthony Spader and Jefferson County Jail (Doc. 15) is GRANTED.[4]

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Report and Recommendation (Doc. 47) of Magistrate Judge Lenihan, dated July 19, 2017, is adopted as the opinion of the Court.

         Finally, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the claims against Warden Thomas Elbel are DISMISSED as without merit as well as the claims for deliberate indifference to a serious medical need against Jefferson County.

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