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Bruesch v. Schmalenberger

United States District Court, District of North Dakota, Southwestern Division

February 2, 2015

Nicholas Dodge Bruesch, Plaintiff,
v.
Robyn Schmalenberger, Patrick Branson, Tammy Homan, Darly Kunz, and Marlane Middlestrand, Defendants.

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

Daniel L. Hovland, District Judge United States District Court

The Plaintiff, Nicholas Dodge Bruesch, is an inmate in the custody of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (“DOCR”). He initiated this civil rights action against the Defendants for violating First Amendment and due process rights by censoring his mail on July 9, 2013. See Docket No. 1. An amended complaint was filed on August 19, 2013. See Docket No. 12. Both the Plaintiff and the Defendants have moved for summary judgment. See Docket Nos. 31, 38, and 50. The motions were referred to Magistrate Judge Charles S. Miller, Jr. for a Report and Recommendation. On December 10, 2014, Judge Miller issued his Report and Recommendation wherein he recommended denying the Plaintiff’s motions and granting the Defendants’ motion. See Docket No. 58. The parties were given fourteen (14) days to file any objections to the Report and Recommendation. The Plaintiff’s time to file an objection was extended to January 30, 2015. See Docket No. 63. The Plaintiff filed his objection and a supporting affidavit on January 29, 2015. See Docket Nos. 64 and 65. The Defendants filed a response in opposition to the Plaintiff’s objection on January 30, 2015. See Docket No. 66.

The Court has carefully reviewed the entire record including the Report and Recommendation, relevant case law, the Plaintiff’s objection, and the Defendants’ response to the Plaintiff’s objection and finds the Report and Recommendation to be persuasive. The record does not support the Plaintiff’s claims of violation of his First Amendment and due process rights.

Accordingly, the Court ADOPTS the Report and Recommendation (Docket No. 58) in its entirety. The Defendants’ motion for summary judgment (Docket No. 38) is GRANTED. The Plaintiff’s motion and amended motion for summary judgment (Docket Nos. 31 and 50) are DENIED.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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