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Hardy v. Mid-State Correctional Facility

January 7, 2009

RALPH HARDY, JR., PLAINTIFF,
v.
MID-STATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; ET AL., DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gary L. Sharpe, U.S. District Judge

DECISION and ORDER

The Clerk has sent to the Court a civil rights complaint, together with an application to proceed in forma pauperis, filed by plaintiff Ralph Hardy, who is currently incarcerated at Mid-State Correctional Facility.

A. Plaintiff's Complaint

In his pro se complaint, plaintiff alleges that the defendants have been deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs. Plaintiff seeks monetary damages.*fn1

The Court also notes that plaintiff has named "Mid-State Correctional Facility" as defendant to this action. However, Mid-State Correctional Facility is an agency of the State, and as such is entitled to sovereign immunity under the Eleventh Amendment to the United States Constitution. See, Proctor v. Vadlamudi, 992 F. Supp 156 (N.D.N.Y. 1997)(Pooler, J.) Accordingly, Mid-State Correctional Facility will be dismissed from this action.

B. Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis

As to plaintiff's in forma pauperis application, after reviewing the entire file, the Court finds that the plaintiff may properly proceed with this matter in forma pauperis.

WHEREFORE, it is hereby

ORDERED, that Mid-State Correctional Facility is dismissed as a defendant in this action, and it is further

ORDERED, that plaintiff's in forma pauperis application (Dkt. No. 2) is GRANTED.*fn2

The Clerk shall issue summonses and forward them, along with copies of the complaint, to the United States Marshal for service upon the defendants. The Clerk shall forward a copy of the summons and complaint by mail to the Office of the New York State Attorney General; and it is further

ORDERED, that the Clerk provide the Superintendent of the facility, designated by plaintiff as his current location, with a copy of plaintiff's authorization form and notify the official that this action has been filed and that plaintiff is required to pay the entire statutory filing fee of $350.00 pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915; and it is further

ORDERED, that the Clerk provide a copy of plaintiff's authorization form to the Financial Deputy of the Clerk's Office; and it is further

ORDERED, that a response to plaintiff's complaint be filed by the defendants or their counsel as provided for in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure after service of ...


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