(PC) Davis III v. Gibson et al, No. 1:2018cv00610 - Document 31 (E.D. Cal. 2018)

Court Description: ORDER Adopting 29 Findings and Recommendations, Allowing Action to Proceed on Plaintiff's Due Process Claim Against Named Defendants, Dismissing All Other Claims and Defendants, and Referring Matter Back to Magistrate Judge for Initiation of S ervice of Process, signed by Chief Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill on 8/1/18. Does (Staff escort moring meal, individual capacity), F Flores, J Kenner (Trust Officer, individual capacity), Corcoran State Prison Trust Office and Dave Davey (Warden, individual capacity) Terminated. (Gonzalez, R)
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 RELMON H. DAVIS, III., 12 Plaintiff, 13 v. 14 GIBSON, et.al., 15 Defendants. 16 17 18 19 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No.: 1:18-cv-00610-LJO-SAB (PC) ORDER ADOPTING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS, ALLOWING ACTION TO PROCEED ON PLAINTIFF’S DUE PROCESS CLAIM AGAINST NAMED DEFENDANTS, DISMISSING ALL OTHER CLAIMS AND DEFENDANTS, AND REFERRING MATTER BACK TO MAGISTRATE JUDGE FOR INITIATION OF SERVICE OF PROCESS [ECF Nos. 28, 29, 30] Plaintiff Relmon H. Davis, III. is appearing pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. 20 The matter was referred to a United States Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) 21 and Local Rule 302. On July 10, 2018, the Magistrate Judge screened Plaintiff’s third amended 22 complaint and issued Findings and Recommendations recommending that this action proceed on 23 Plaintiff’s due process claim against Defendants K. Dicks, P. Sanchez, J. Vanderpool, M. Olivera, K. 24 Matta, and T. Cambell. The Findings and Recommendations was served on the parties and contained 25 notice that objections were to be filed within twenty-one days. Plaintiff filed objections on July 26, 26 2018. 27 /// 28 /// 1 1 In accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C), the Court has conducted a de 2 novo review of this case. Having carefully reviewed the entire file, the Court finds the Findings and 3 Recommendations to be supported by the record and by proper analysis. 4 For the first time in his objections and after filing three complaints in this action, Plaintiff 5 contends that he wishes to proceed on a conspiracy claim. (ECF No. 30 at pp. 4-8.) However, 6 Plaintiff did not plead or even mention a conspiracy claim in his third amended complaint or any prior 7 complaints. (ECF Nos. 1, 25, 28.) Nonetheless, Plaintiff does not state a cognizable conspiracy claim. 8 To state a claim for conspiracy under section 1983, Plaintiff must show the existence of an agreement 9 or a meeting of the minds to violate his constitutional rights, and an actual deprivation of those 10 constitutional rights. Avalos v. Baca, 596 F.3d 583, 592 (9th Cir. 2010); Franklin v. Fox, 312 F.3d 11 423, 441 (9th Cir. 2001). Plaintiff’s allegations amount to nothing more than a mere conclusion that 12 Defendant K. Dicks conspired to violate his due process rights. Plaintiff merely repeats the 13 allegations relating to his due process claim against Defendant K. Dicks and concludes that she 14 conspired to violate his rights. (ECF No. 30 at pp. 6-8.) Plaintiff’s allegations amount to conclusory 15 allegations unsupported by specific facts that “Defendants” conspired with one another to violate his 16 due process rights in relation to issuance of a rules violation report and hearing. See Buckey v. Cnty. 17 of Los Angeles, 968 F.2d 791, 794 (9th Cir. 1992) (requiring conspiracy complaint to “allege specific 18 facts to support the existence of a conspiracy among defendants”). Although conspiracies are, by their 19 very nature, secret agreements, Plaintiff’s allegations do not support “a showing that the alleged 20 conspirators have committed acts that ‘are unlikely to have been undertaken without an agreement.” 21 See Mendocino Envtl. Ctr. V. Mendocino Cnty., 192 F.3d 1283, 1301 (9th Cir. 1999). Accordingly, 22 Plaintiff cannot proceed on a conspiracy claim. 23 Based on the foregoing, it is HEREBY ORDERED that: 24 1. The Findings and Recommendations filed on July 10, 2018, are adopted in full; 25 2. The instant action shall proceed on Plaintiff’s due process claim against Defendants K. 26 27 28 Dicks, P. Sanchez, J. Vanderpool, M. Olivera, K. Matta, and T. Cambell; 3. All other claims and Defendants are dismissed from the action for failure to state a cognizable claim for relief; and 2 1 4. The matter is referred back to the Magistrate Judge for initiation of service of process. 2 3 4 5 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: /s/ Lawrence J. O’Neill _____ August 1, 2018 UNITED STATES CHIEF DISTRICT JUDGE 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3