United States District Court, M.D. Pennsylvania
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
E. Schwab, United States Chief Magistrate Judge.
plaintiff, Joseph Louis Camino (“Camino”), a
prisoner proceeding pro se, filed a complaint
(doc. 1) and an application for leave to proceed
in forma pauperis (doc. 8). Camino's
application for leave to proceed in forma pauperis,
was granted. Doc. 11 at 1, 11. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915A(a), the complaint was reviewed and it was
concluded that it failed to state a claim upon which relief
could be granted and failed to comply with Rule 20 of the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Id. at 1. Camino
was granted leave to file an amended complaint by December
19, 2017. See id. at 11. To date, Camino has failed
to file an amended complaint. Accordingly, it is recommended
that Camino's complaint be dismissed without further
leave to amend.
Factual Background and Procedural History.
21, 2017, Camino filed a complaint consisting of more than
100 pages, naming six wardens from different correctional
institutions: (1) Eric Tice, Warden of SCI, Huntington; (2)
Kevin Kauffman Warden of SCI Smithfield; (3) Mark Cappozza,
Warden of SCI Pittsburgh; (4) Laurel Harry, Warden of SCI
Camp Hill; (5) Jay Lane, Warden of SCI Fayette; and (6) Tom
McGinley, Warden of SCI Coal Township. Doc. 1 at
1-2. Camino notes that he brought an action against four of
the aforementioned correctional institutions in 1998-1999,
for the torture and harassment inflicted on him, but the case
was dismissed by then Chief Judge Rambo. Id. at 3.
Throughout his complaint, Camino describes his experiences at
the six correctional institutions, and he describes his
bizarre thoughts in redundant and graphic detail. See,
e.g., id. at 10-11, 15, 23-24, 49-52. Camino aimlessly
narrates his altercations with various guards, often failing
to specify when each incident occurred, who committed the
alleged acts, and what injury, if any, the named defendants
caused. See, e.g., id. at 6, 49-52, 54, 57, 61-62,
his narration, Camino alleges that he was assaulted,
tortured, or harassed by other prisoners or prison staff
(see, e.g., id. at 20, 49, 76; doc. 1-1 at
5, 11), and that he was involved in numerous fights at
different correctional facilities (see, e.g., doc. 1
at 31, 77, 91). Camino alleges that all these incidents began
with a “girl that lives across the street from E-block
housing unit at SCI Huntington [sic], ” in whom he
seemingly had a strong interest. Id. at 3, 12, 16,
18. Camino asserts that the prison guards used his interest
in this girl to induce him into fighting with black inmates.
See id. at 13, 16, 18, 24, 40. Camino states that,
as he was told, someone with high authority in the Department
of Corrections intended or required him to get into fights
with black prisoners. Id. at 29, 43. Throughout the
entirety of Camino's 135-page complaint, Camino fails to
allege sufficient facts that connect any of the alleged
wrongdoing with the named defendants. Nonetheless, Camino
demands 80 million dollars. Doc. 1-1 at 34.
Screening of Prisoner Plaintiffs' Complaints-Standard of
have a statutory obligation to conduct a preliminary review
of pro se complaints brought by prisoner-plaintiffs
given leave to proceed in forma pauperis.
See 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a). Since Camino is a
prisoner, his complaint is reviewed pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915A, which provides:
(a) Screening.-The court shall review,
before docketing, if feasible or, in any event, as soon as
practicable after docketing, a complaint in a civil action in
which a prisoner seeks redress from a governmental entity or
officer or employee of a governmental entity.
(b) Grounds for dismissal.-On review, the
court shall identify cognizable claims or dismiss the
complaint, or any portion of the complaint, if the complaint-
(1) is frivolous, malicious, or fails to
state a claim upon which relief may be ...