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Carter v. Illinois Dep't of Corrections

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


May 20, 2009

KEVEN LEE CARTER, PLAINTIFF,
v.
ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, Chief Judge

MEMORANDUM & ORDER

The above-captioned action is brought by prisoner-plaintiff Keven Lee Carter pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, against multiple prison officials for alleged constitutional violations occurring at Pinckneyville Correctional Center (Doc. 1; see also Doc. 11). Plaintiff is currently housed at Menard Correctional Center. Before the Court is defendant Warden Alan Uchtman's motion for summary judgment on all claims against him(Doc. 45). Defendant Uchtman is only named as a defendant in Count 8, which alleges that defendants Grathler, Uchtman, Montros and Nutter conspired to retaliate against Plaintiff and individually retaliated against Plaintiff for writing grievances by initiating false disciplinary reports and participating in finding Plaintiff guilty without proper investigation (see Docs. 1 & 11). When Plaintiff was deposed he unequivocally stated that he had no claims against defendant Uchtman and Uchtman could be dismissed (Doc. 45, Ex. 1 - Carter Dep., 16:22-17:1).*fn1 Accordingly, defendant Uchtman has moved for summary judgment on this basis.

Plaintiff Carter did not file a Response in the traditional sense. Rather, plaintiff filed a "Motion to Show Cause," in which he states, verbatim:

That after further review of the discovery in his possession, he has no argument in allowing summary judgment in Alan Uchtman's favor only since he can't point how he is responsible for inactions that violate his 1st Amendment right under the U.S. Constitution.

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Wherefore he prays for an order granting summary judgment in Alan Uchtmans favor, not any other defendant in this case. (Doc. 53, pp. 2-3).

Legal Standard for Summary Judgment

Summary judgment is proper where the pleadings and affidavits, if any, "show that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and that the moving party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law ." FED.R.CIV.P. 56(c); Oats v. Discovery Zone, 116 F.3d 1161, 1165 (8th Cir. 1997) (citing Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 322 (1986)). The movant bears the burden of establishing the absence of fact issues and entitlement to judgment as a matter of law. Santaella v. Metro. Life Inc. Co., 123 F.3d 456, 461 (7th Cir. 1997) (citing Celotex, 477 U.S. at 323).

Analysis

A hearing on defendant Uchtman's summary judgment motion seems unnecessary. Plaintiff Carter has clearly conceded the Motion, thereby abandoning any claims against defendant Uchtman. There are no material questions of fact or any other reason not to grant the pending Motion and terminate defendant Uchtman as a Defendant in this action.

Conclusion

For the reasons stated herein, the Court GRANTS defendant Uchtman's Motion for Summary Judgment (Doc. 45). As such, the only claims that remain pending for trial in this matter is Plaintiff's Count 4 against defendant Grathler for unconstitutional retaliation and Count 8 against defendants Grathler, Montros and Nutter for unconstitutional retaliation. A Final Pretrial Conference is hereby set for Friday, June 12, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. Plaintiff shall appear via video-conference.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

David R Herndon Chief Judge United States District Court


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