JOHN JORDAN, JR. V. D. BROWN, No. 10-17373 (9th Cir. 2012)

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FILED NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS DEC 06 2012 MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U .S. C O U R T OF APPE ALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT JOHN R. JORDAN, Jr., Plaintiff - Appellee, No. 10-17373 D.C. No. 2:03-cv-01820-LKKKJM v. D. J. BROWN, MEMORANDUM * Defendant - Appellant, and J. BOITANO; T. COBB; J. COX; R. DREITH; J. EDER; T. FELKER; B. FLEMING; K. MCCRAW; D. MCGUIRE; S. PECK; S. PLATT; J. ROHLFING; D. VANDERVILLE; R. MIRANDA; S. ARMOSKUS; K. KOPEC; D. FLETCHER, Defendants. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California Lawrence K. Karlton, Senior District Judge, Presiding * This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by 9th Cir. R. 36-3. Submitted December 4, 2012 ** San Francisco, California Before: O SCANNLAIN, THOMAS, and CALLAHAN, Circuit Judges. In this pro se action, defendant Lieutenant Donald J. Brown appeals the denial of his motion for summary judgment on his qualified-immunity defense. We have jurisdiction over this interlocutory appeal under 28 U.S.C. ยง 1291, see Mitchell v. Forsyth, 472 U.S. 511, 530 (1985), and review the immunity questions de novo, CarePartners, LLC v. Lashway, 545 F.3d 867, 875 76 (9th Cir. 2008). We reverse the district court s order denying summary judgment and remand this case for further proceedings in light of this court s disposition. Brown is entitled to qualified immunity either if plaintiff John R. Jordan s facts fail to make out a violation of a constitutional right or if the allegedly violated right was not clearly established at the time of defendant s alleged misconduct. Pearson v. Callahan, 555 U.S. 223, 232 (2009) (internal quotation marks omitted). Because Jordan has failed to show that Brown subjectively inferred a substantial risk that subordinates would misinterpret his order issued on November 30, 2002, and thereby cause serious harm, Jordan s facts fall short of ** The panel unanimously concludes this case is suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a)(2). 2 stating a constitutional violation. Farmer v. Brennan, 511 U.S. 825, 834 40 (1994) (defining deliberate indifference). The facts as found below establish, at most, mere negligence. See Jett v. Penner, 439 F.3d 1091, 1096 (9th Cir. 2006) (negligence does not establish deliberate indifference). Jordan also contends that Brown engaged in fraudulent concealment, has unclean hands, and breached a contract. These claims have no merit. Jordan s motion to correct his brief, received on May 11, 2011, is granted. Jordan s requests for judicial notice are denied. Jordan s motion filed on November 30, 2012, is denied. Each party shall bear its own costs on appeal. REVERSED and REMANDED. 3 FILED Jordan v. Brown; No. 10-17373 THOMAS, Circuit Judge, dissenting: DEC 06 2012 MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U .S. C O U R T OF APPE ALS Drawing the inferences in favor of the non-moving party, as we must in reviewing a summary judgment order, I agree with the magistrate judge s analysis contained in her Report and Recommendation dated June 30, 2010. Therefore, I would affirm the district court s denial of qualified immunity at this stage of the litigation.