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Foster v. Donahue

United States District Court, W.D. New York

March 4, 2015

ANTHONY FOSTER, Plaintiff,
v.
LT. DONAHUE; C.O.J. MURRAY; C.O.E. THATCHER; C.O.G. CLEVELAND; D. VENETOZZI, Admin. N.Y.S. DOCS, Defendants.

DECISION AND ORDER

FRANK P. GERACI Jr., District Judge.

Plaintiff, an inmate of the Elmira Correctional Facility, filed this pro se action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging that while he was an inmate at the Southport Correctional Facility he was assaulted by Defendant Correctional Officers Murray and Thatcher and that Defendant Correctional Officer Cleveland failed to protect him from the alleged assault. Dkt. # 1. He also alleged that Defendant Lt. Donahue denied him due process at a Tier III Superintendent's Hearing resulting from a Misbehavior Report filed against Plaintiff arising from the assault alleged, and that Defendant Ventozzi, Acting Director Special Housing/Disciplinary Programs, affirmed Donahue's disposition. The Court granted Plaintiff permission to proceed in forma pauperis and directed Plaintiff to file an amended complaint with respect to the Eighth Amendment failure to protect claim against Cleveland (Dkt. # 4, at 4-6), and the due process claim against Venetozzi, (Dkt. # 4, at 6-8). The claims against Thatcher and Murray were allowed to proceed, but service was stayed pending filing of an amended complaint.

Plaintiff has now filed an Amended Complaint wherein he alleges, inter alia, that Cleveland observed Murray and Thatcher assaulting Plaintiff but failed to intervene ("stop them") (Dkt. # 5, at ¶ 23), and that he filed an administrative appeal with Venetozzi from Donahue's disposition but Venetozzi affirmed Donahue's disposition with knowledge that Donahue failed to allow Plaintiff to call witnesses at the Hearing. Thus, Plaintiff alleges that Venetozzi failed to correct the constitutional violation after being made aware of the problem ( id., at ¶¶ 40-42).[1] Accordingly,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court is directed to cause the United States Marshal to serve copies of the Summons, Amended Complaint, and this Order upon the named Defendants without Plaintiff's payment therefor, unpaid fees to be recoverable if this action terminates by monetary award in Plaintiff's favor;[2]

FURTHER, that the Clerk of the Court is also directed to forward a copy of this Order by email to Michael Russo, Assistant Attorney General in Charge, Buffalo Regional Office; and

FURTHER, that pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(g)(2), the Defendants are directed to answer the Amended Complaint.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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