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Baker v. Laconte

United States District Court, N.D. West Virginia

June 18, 2018

IRVIN JAYOINE LEE BAKER, Plaintiff,
v.
PIERRE LACONTE, Acting Residential Re-entry Manager and EMILY GILLESPIE, Director of Dismas Charities Clarksburg, Defendants.

          MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER AFFIRMING AND ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF MAGISTRATE JUDGE AND DISMISSING THE COMPLAINT

          FREDERICK P. STAMP, JR. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         I. Background

         The pro se[1] plaintiff filed this civil action asserting three claims under Bivens v. Six Unknown Federal Narcotics Agents, 403 U.S. 388 (1971). ECF No. 1. This complaint arises out of the plaintiff's removal from a halfway house program and placement in West Virginia's Central Regional Jail. ECF No. 1 at 8. The plaintiff alleges (1) violation of due process, (2) violation of his eighth amendment rights, and (3) discrimination. ECF No. 1 at 7-8. Although the plaintiff has not exhausted administrative remedies, he contends that it is because he “was not given the opportunity to do anything before [he] was transferred.” ECF No.1 at 6. The plaintiff requests relief in the form of lost wages and funds for time spent in the regional jail. ECF No. 1 at 9.[2]

         Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Rule of Prisoner Litigation 2, this case was referred to United States Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert. The magistrate judge entered a report and recommendation. ECF No. 17. In that recommendation, the magistrate judge found that the complaint contains no allegations against the first defendant, Pierre LaConte. ECF No. 17 at 4-5. Further, the magistrate judge found that the second defendant, Emily Gillespie, is not a federal employee and thus cannot be found liable in a Bivens action. ECF No. 17 at 5. Accordingly, the magistrate judge recommended that the complaint be dismissed with prejudice against Emily Gillespie and dismissed without prejudice against Pierre LaConte. ECF No. 17 at 5.

         The magistrate judge advised the parties that, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C), any party may file written objections to his proposed findings and recommendations within 14 days after being served a copy of the report and recommendation. Neither party filed any objections to the report and recommendation.

         For the reasons that follow, this Court finds that the report and recommendation of the magistrate judge should be adopted in its entirety.

         II. Applicable Law

         Under 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C), this Court must conduct a de novo review of any portion of the magistrate judge's recommendation to which objection is timely made. Because the plaintiff did not file any objections to the report and recommendation, the magistrate judge's findings and recommendations will be upheld unless they are “clearly erroneous or contrary to law.” 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A).

         III. Discussion

         After reviewing the parties' filings and the record, this Court is not “left with the definite and firm conviction that a mistake has been committed” by the magistrate judge. United States v. Gypsum Co., 333 U.S. at 395. The magistrate judge correctly held the pro se petition to less stringent standards than those complaints drafted by attorneys. See Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520 (1972). Upon review, the magistrate judge correctly determined that the complaint contains no allegations about the first defendant, Pierre Laconte, and the second defendant, Emily Gillespie, is not a federal employee. ECF No. 17 at 4-5. Therefore, these individuals cannot be found liable in a Bivens action. ECF No. 17 at 4-5. The magistrate judge correctly concluded that the complaint must be dismissed with prejudice as to Emily Gillespie and without prejudice as to Pierre Laconte. ECF No. 17 at 5.

         This Court has reviewed the record and the report and recommendation and finds that the findings of the magistrate judge are not clearly erroneous. Accordingly, the report and recommendation is affirmed and adopted in its entirety.

         IV. Conclusion

         Because the parties have not objected to the report and recommendation of the magistrate judge, and because this Court finds that the magistrate judge's recommendation is not clearly erroneous, the report and recommendation of the magistrate judge (ECF No. 17) is hereby AFFIRMED and ADOPTED in its entirety. Accordingly, the plaintiff's claim against Emily Gillespie is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE and the plaintiff's claim against Pierre Laconte is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.

         It is further ORDERED that this case be DISMISSED and STRICKEN from ...


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