(PC) Botello v. Hanlon et al, No. 2:2018cv00162 - Document 20 (E.D. Cal. 2018)

Court Description: ORDER and FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS signed by Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan on 11/26/2018 DIRECTING PLAINTIFF TO SUBMIT SERVICE DOCUMENTS and USM-285 Forms with the Notice of Submission of Documents within 30 days from service of this order and RECOMMENDING defendant Warden Arnold be dismissed from this action. Service is appropriate for Hanlon and Jimenez. Clerk to send plaintiff: 1 Summons, 2 USM-285 Forms with instruction sheet, and 1 copy of the Second Amended Complaint fi led on 8/16/2018. Referred to Judge Troy L. Nunley. Objections due within 14 days after being served with these findings and recommendations. (1 Summons, 2 USM-285 Forms with instruction sheet, and 1 copy of the Second Amended Complaint filed on 8/16/2018 sent to Benjamin Meir Rudin, Ben Rudin, Attorney & Counselor at Law, 3830 Valley Centre Dr., Suite 705, PMB 231, San Diego, CA 92130) (Henshaw, R)
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(PC) Botello v. Hanlon et al Doc. 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 VICTOR HUGO BOTELLO, 12 Plaintiff, 13 14 No. 2:18-cv-162-TLN-EFB P v. ORDER AND FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS S. HANLON, et al., 15 Defendants. 16 17 Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding through counsel and in forma pauperis in an action 18 brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. After the dismissal of his amended complaint pursuant to 28 19 U.S.C. § 1915A, he has filed a second amended complaint (ECF No. 19), which the court must 20 now screen pursuant to section 1915A. 21 Congress mandates that district courts engage in a preliminary screening of cases in which 22 prisoners seek redress from a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental 23 entity. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a). The court must identify cognizable claims or dismiss the 24 complaint, or any portion of the complaint, if the complaint “is frivolous, malicious, or fails to 25 state a claim upon which relief may be granted,” or “seeks monetary relief from a defendant who 26 is immune from such relief.” Id. § 1915A(b). 27 ///// 28 1 Dockets.Justia.com 1 The court has reviewed plaintiff’s second amended complaint and for the limited purposes 2 of § 1915A screening finds that it states potentially cognizable negligence and Eighth 3 Amendment deliberate indifference to safety claims against defendants Hanlon and Jimenez.1 See 4 ECF No. 19 (alleging that Hanlon fabricated plaintiff’s statement, causing plaintiff to be labelled 5 and attacked as a snitch, and that Jimenez was aware of the fabrication and refused to fix it). 6 Plaintiff also alleges that Warden Arnold “covered up” Hanlon’s fabrication by “declaring that no 7 policy was violated.” Id. at 4. Plaintiff fails to articulate how Arnold’s declaration in this regard 8 amounted to a violation of his rights. And “[t]here is no respondeat superior liability under 9 section 1983.” Taylor v List, 880 F.2d 1040, 1045 (9th Cir. 1989). Plaintiff, who proceeds 10 through counsel, has already had an opportunity to amend his claim against Warden Arnold. The 11 allegations against Arnold in the second amended complaint do not materially differ from those in 12 the prior complaint. Accordingly, the court finds that further leave to amend would be futile. 13 Accordingly, it hereby is ordered that: 14 1. Service is appropriate for defendants Hanlon and Jimenez. 15 2. The Clerk of the Court shall send plaintiff two USM-285 forms, one summons, 16 an instruction sheet and one copy of the August 16, 2018 second amended 17 complaint. 18 3. Within 30 days from service of this order, plaintiff shall complete the attached 19 Notice of Submission of Documents and submit it to the court with the 20 completed summons and USM-285 forms and three copies of the endorsed 21 complaint. 22 4. Upon receipt of the necessary materials, the court will direct the United States 23 Marshal to serve defendants pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4 24 without payment of costs. Failure to comply with this order may result in this 25 action being dismissed. 26 27 28 1 Supervisors, such as Lt. Jimenez, are liable for constitutional violations of their subordinates if they know of the violations and fail to act to prevent them. See Taylor v. List, 880 F.2d 1040, at 1045 (9th Cir. 1989). 2 1 2 3 Further, IT IS HEREBY RECOMMENDED that defendant Warden Arnold be dismissed from this action. These findings and recommendations are submitted to the United States District Judge 4 assigned to the case, pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). Within fourteen days 5 after being served with these findings and recommendations, any party may file written 6 objections with the court and serve a copy on all parties. Such a document should be captioned 7 “Objections to Magistrate Judge’s Findings and Recommendations.” Failure to file objections 8 within the specified time may waive the right to appeal the District Court’s order. Turner v. 9 Duncan, 158 F.3d 449, 455 (9th Cir. 1998); Martinez v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1991). 10 DATED: November 26, 2018. 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 VICTOR HUGO BOTELLO, 12 Plaintiff, 13 14 No. 2:18-cv-162-TLN-EFB P v. NOTICE OF SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS S. HANLON, et al., 15 Defendants. 16 Plaintiff hereby submits the following documents in compliance with the court’s 17 18 Screening Order: 19 20 21 1__ completed summons form 2__ completed forms USM-285 3__ copies of the endorsed August 16, 2018 second amended complaint 22 ____________________________ 23 Plaintiff 24 25 Dated: 26 27 28 4