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Andrews v. Jordan

United States District Court, W.D. Kentucky, Louisville Division

April 10, 2019

JARED ANDREWS, Plaintiff,
v.
SCOTT JORDAN, Defendant.

          MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

          David J. Hale, Judge United States District Court

         Plaintiff Jared Andrews filed the instant pro se 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action proceeding in forma pauperis. Plaintiff filed an original complaint naming as Defendants Scott Jordan, the Warden of Luther Luckett Correctional Complex (LLCC), and John Does 1 and 2. The complaint was not filed on the Court's approved § 1983 complaint form. By prior Order (DN 10), the Court directed Plaintiff to file an amended complaint on the Court-approved § 1983 complaint form. The Court directed Plaintiff to “include all claims he wishes to assert, state all facts relevant to his claims, and name as Defendants all individuals whom he believes violated his rights[]” and informed him that the amended complaint would supersede the original complaint.

         Plaintiff's amended complaint names only Defendant Jordan in the portion of the complaint form where Defendants are to be listed. Therefore, the Court construes Defendant Jordan as the only Defendant in this case. IT IS ORDERED that John Does 1 and 2 are DISMISSED as parties to this case.

         The amended complaint is now before the Court for initial screening pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. For the reasons stated below, the Court will dismiss the action upon screening.

         I.

         Plaintiff, a convicted inmate now housed in the Northpoint Training Center, sues Defendant Jordan in his individual and official capacities. Plaintiff states that while housed at the LLCC he was taking a shower. He states, “During the course of my shower two correctional officers were videotaping me. They were making fun of my genital area and made me feel uncomfortable.” He maintains that he reported the incident and went through the grievance process. He asserts, “To the present day nothing has been done about the situation and the commissioner with the Dept. of Corrections stated they videotaped me in the shower. I have been having low self esteem and in which has messed with my mind.”

         As relief, Plaintiff seeks compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief.

         II.

         When a prisoner initiates a civil action seeking redress from a governmental entity, officer, or employee, the trial court must review the complaint and dismiss the complaint, or any portion of it, if the court determines that the complaint is frivolous or malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. See § 1915A(b)(1), (2); McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601, 604 (6th Cir. 1997), overruled on other grounds by Jones v. Bock, 549 U.S. 199 (2007).

         In order to survive dismissal for failure to state a claim, “a complaint must contain sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to ‘state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.'” Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009) (quoting Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007)). “A claim has facial plausibility when the plaintiff pleads factual content that allows the court to draw the reasonable inference that the defendant is liable for the misconduct alleged.” Id. (citing Twombly, 550 U.S. at 556). “[A] district court must (1) view the complaint in the light most favorable to the plaintiff and (2) take all well-pleaded factual allegations as true.” Tackett v. M & G Polymers, USA, LLC, 561 F.3d 478, 488 (6th Cir. 2009) (citing Gunasekera v. Irwin, 551 F.3d 461, 466 (6th Cir. 2009) (citations omitted)). “But the district court need not accept a ‘bare assertion of legal conclusions.'” Tackett, 561 F.3d at 488 (quoting Columbia Natural Res., Inc. v. Tatum, 58 F.3d 1101, 1109 (6th Cir. 1995)). “A pleading that offers ‘labels and conclusions' or ‘a formulaic recitation of the elements of a cause of action will not do.' Nor does a complaint suffice if it tenders ‘naked assertion[s]' devoid of ‘further factual enhancement.'” Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 678 (quoting Twombly, 550 U.S. at 555, 557).

         Although this Court recognizes that pro se pleadings are to be held to a less stringent standard than formal pleadings drafted by lawyers, Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520-21 (1972); Jourdan v. Jabe, 951 F.2d 108, 110 (6th Cir. 1991), “[o]ur duty to be ‘less stringent' with pro se complaints does not require us to conjure up unpled allegations.” McDonald v. Hall, 610 F.2d 16, 19 (1st Cir. 1979) (citation omitted). And this Court is not required to create a claim for Plaintiff. Clark v. Nat'l Travelers Life Ins. Co., 518 F.2d 1167, 1169 (6th Cir. 1975). To command otherwise would require the Court “to explore exhaustively all potential claims of a pro se plaintiff, [and] would also transform the district court from its legitimate advisory role to the improper role of an advocate seeking out the strongest arguments and most successful strategies for a party.” Beaudett v. City of Hampton, 775 F.2d 1274, 1278 (4th Cir. 1985).

         III.

         The Court construes the amended complaint as alleging a § 1983 claim for violation of Plaintiff's Fourth Amendment right to privacy against Defendant Jordan in his official and individual capacity.

         A. ...


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