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Morris v. Nettles

United States District Court, E.D. Arkansas, Northern Division

June 12, 2015

MARK MORRIS, ADC #156949, Plaintiff,
v.
NETTLES, Principal, Grimes Unit; DOWELL, Assistant Principal, Grimes Unit; and GRIMES CORRECTIONAL UNIT, Arkansas Department of Correction, Defendants.

ORDER

D.P. MARSHALL, Jr., District Judge.

1. On de novo review, the Court adopts the partial recommendation, No. 8, as modified and overrules Morris's objection, No. 9. The case will proceed with Morris's cruel and unusual punishment claim against Nettles and Dowell. The Clerk is directed to prepare a summons for Nettles and Dowell, and the U.S. Marshal is directed to serve the summons, complaint, and this Order on them through the ADC Compliance Office without prepayment of fees and costs or security.

2. Morris's claims against the Grimes Correctional Unit are liberally construed as claims against the Arkansas Department of Correction. The Eleventh Amendment bars § 1983 suits against state agencies. Monroe v. Arkansas State University, 495 F.3d 591, 594 (8th Cir. 2007). The Grimes Correctional Unit is therefore dismissed with prejudice. To the extent Morris asserts a First Amendment and Equal Protection claim, those claims are dismissed without prejudice.

3. An in forma pauperis appeal from the Order would not be taken in good faith. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).

So Ordered.


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