UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
April 26, 2009
JEROME CISSON, PLAINTIFF,
DANIEL MIDDAUGH, SHERIFF, ONEIDA COUNTY; EDNA HOBBIE, ONEIDA CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; AND ONEIDA COUNTY, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Scullin, Senior Judge
Currently before the Court is Plaintiff Jerome Cisson's amended complaint. See Dkt. No. 12. Plaintiff filed his amended complaint as of right pursuant to Rule 15(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which provides that a party may amend his pleading "once as a matter of course . . . before being served with a responsive pleading." Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a).
In his amended complaint, Plaintiff alleges that, while incarcerated at Oneida County Correctional Facility, Defendants denied him access to the courts in violation of his constitutional rights. See Dkt. No. 12. The amended complaint is substantially similar in substance to Plaintiff's original complaint, albeit better organized. Plaintiff does not, however, include Oneida County as a Defendant. Therefore, the Court dismisses Oneida County as a defendant in this action.*fn1 Furthermore, the Court accepts Plaintiff's amended complaint for filing.
Accordingly, the Court hereby
ORDERS that the amended complaint, see Dkt. No. 12, shall supersede and replace in toto the original complaint that Plaintiff filed in this action; and the Court further
ORDERS that Oneida County is DISMISSED as a defendant in this action; and the Court further
ORDERS that the Clerk of the Court shall issue summonses and forward them, along with copies of the amended complaint, to the United States Marshal for service on Defendants, together with a copy of this Order. The Clerk of the Court shall also forward a copy of the summons and amended complaint by mail to the Oneida County Attorney, together with a copy of this Order; and the Court further
ORDERS that Defendants or their counsel shall file a formal response to Plaintiff's amended complaint as provided for in Rule 12 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; and the Court further
ORDERS that the Clerk of the Court shall serve a copy of this Order on Plaintiff in accordance with the Local Rules.
IT IS SO ORDERED.