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					Case 1:11-cv-20120-PAS Document 91 Entered on FLSD Docket 01/12/2012 Page 1 of 12



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

                          CASE NO.: 11-20120-CIV-SEITZ/SIMONTON

  TRAIAN BUJDUVEANU,

         Plaintiff,
  vs.

  DISMAS CHARITIES, INC., ANA GISPERT,
  DEREK THOMAS and ADAMS LESHOTA

        Defendants.
  _________________________________________/

   DEFENDANTS’ REPLY BRIEF IN RESPONSE TO PLAINTIFF’S RESPONSE BRIEF
     AND IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANTS’ MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT

         Defendants Dismas Charities, Inc., Ana Gispert, Derek Thomas and Lashanda Adams,

  (collectively “Defendants”) by and through their undersigned counsel, file their Reply Brief in

  Support of their Motion for Summary Judgment, against Traian Bujduveanu (“Plaintiff”) as

  follows:

                                      FACTUAL BACKGROUND

         Plaintiff was transferred to Dismas’ Dania facility as a transition point from federal

  prison system back to into the community. The Plaintiff acknowledged that his placement in a

  community corrections facility was a privilege not a right and that he remained under the custody

  of the Attorney General of the United States. (Affidavit of Ana Gispert, Docket 83-2, Exhibits

  on pages 38 and 34) Plaintiff also agreed to follow the rules of the Attorney General, Federal

  Bureaus of Prisons and Dismas. These conditions included the Plaintiff’s agreement not to drive

  without the permission or consent of Dismas; not to possess contraband, including cell phones

  and consenting to searches of his person and vehicle. (Affidavit of Ana Gispert, Docket 83-2,
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  Exhibits on pages 11, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 31, 36, 37, 38 and 39) Due to health issues,

  Plaintiff was transferred from Dismas’ Dania facility to home confinement. On September 10,

  2010, Plaintiff acknowledged that the policies and procedures and rules and regulations of the

  facility, in his case Dismas, are still applicable even while he was on home confinement.

  (Affidavit of Ana Gispert, Docket 83-2, Exhibit on page 39)

         Plaintiff was never given permission by Dismas to drive a vehicle. (Affidavit of Ana

  Gispert, Docket 83-2, pages 4-5 of her affidavit.) Plaintiff admitted that he drove a vehicle from

  his home to Dismas on October 13, 2010 without approved authorization. (Plaintiff’s Response

  Brief, Docket Number 90, pages 2 and 34) When the Plaintiff drove to Dismas without

  permission, his vehicle was searched and Plaintiff was found to be in possession of a cell phone

  in the car. (Affidavit of Ana Gispert, Docket 83-2, pages 4-6 of her affidavit and Exhibits on

  pages 11, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 31, 36, 37, 38 and 39.)

         Dismas, as was required, reported Plaintiff’s violations to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

  The Federal Bureau of Prisons then had the United States Marshall’s Service return the Plaintiff

  to the Federal Detention Center-Miami. (Affidavit of Ana Gispert, Docket 83-2, Exhibits on

  page 50) Upon his return to the Federal Detention Center-Miami, the Bureau of Prisons held a

  hearing attended by the Plaintiff and independently found Plaintiff guilty of the violations.

  (Affidavit of Ana Gispert, Docket 83-2, Exhibits on page 50 and Plaintiff’s Response Brief,

  Docket Number 90, pages 32-37) Plaintiff subsequently served out the last 68 days of his federal

  prison sentence and was then released. Despite the fact that the Plaintiff admittedly violated the

  rules and regulations and conditions of his release to a community center, the Plaintiff has filed a

  lawsuit against Dismas and three of its employees alleging a plethora of state and federal actions.

  For the reasons set forth below, Defendants are entitled to summary judgment.




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                        ARGUMENT AND CITATION TO AUTHORITY

         1. The Plaintiff cannot maintain any cause of action for any tortious conduct under
            Florida Common Law against the Defendants.

                 a. False Arrest and Imprisonment

         In his response brief, the Plaintiff fails to set forth any facts demonstrating a false

  imprisonment or arrest by any specific Defendant. The Plaintiff has not and cannot show an

  unlawful or unreasonable detention by any Defendant. First, the Plaintiff was not arrested by any

  Defendant or anyone for that matter.

         Second, and more importantly, the Plaintiff could not be arrested or imprisoned as he was

  already a prisoner serving his prison sentence at the time of the incidents described in the

  Complaint. The Plaintiff even acknowledged that he remained under the custody of the Attorney

  General of the United States, which includes the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Plaintiff appears

  to be under the false and misguided impression that he was a “free man” during his time at

  Dismas, even though he was still serving a Federal Prison sentence. This is evidenced by the

  fact that the Plaintiff felt he could drive without permission and possess a cell phone, which was

  contraband for Federal inmates like the Plaintiff.

         Third, the Defendants did not arrest or imprison the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff was picked up

  by the U.S. Marshall Service and imprisoned by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In his response

  brief, the Plaintiff even states that “Defendant was not the one that physically placed the Movant

  in specific confined area and held him against his will.” (Response Brief, Docket 90, page 5)

  The Plaintiff fails to state which, if any defendant, imprisoned him. Regardless, the Plaintiff was

  not, and could not, be arrested or imprisoned by any Defendant because none of the Defendants

  have the authority or power to arrest or imprison the Plaintiff. Only the Federal Bureau of




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  Prisons, individually or through the United States Marshalls Service, has authority to arrest or

  imprison the Plaintiff. For this reason alone, Plaintiffs claims fail as a matter of law and fact.

         Even if any of the Defendants could arrest or imprison the Plaintiff, which is denied, a

  privilege exists as a matter of law to engage in reckless or even outrageous conduct if there is

  sufficient evidence that shows that the Defendant did no more than assert legal rights in a

  permissible way. Rivers v. Dillards Department Store, 698 So. 2d 1328, 1331 (Fla. 1st DCA

  1997). The Defendants were obligated to report the Plaintiff’s violation of his conditions

  imposed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (not the Defendants) to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

  Upon his return to the Federal Detention Center-Miami, the Bureau of Prisons held a hearing,

  attended by the Plaintiff, during which the Federal Bureau of Prisons independently found

  Plaintiff guilty of the violations. The Bureau of Prison’s sanction for the Plaintiff’s actions was

  that he remain disciplinary transferred from Dismas to the Federal Detention Center-Miami to

  complete the final 68 days of his sentence. Even if Plaintiff was falsely imprisoned or arrested,

  which is denied, he did not suffer any damages because he was a prisoner serving out the

  remainder of his prison sentence. Plaintiff still had 68 days left on his sentence, which he had to

  serve regardless of location. Community Center placement is a privilege, not a right. Therefore,

  Plaintiff suffered no damages even if a false imprisonment or arrest occurred.

                 b. Assault and Battery

         The complaint and record of this case are devoid of any properly supported facts or

  allegations of assault or battery by any Defendant. In his response brief, the Plaintiff claims that

  Defendants’ failure to provide him with documents, specifically BP-9 and BP-10 forms

  constitutes an assault and battery. (Response Brief, Docket 90, pages 5-6) Even accepting these

  allegations as true, failing to provide someone with forms does not constitute an assault or




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  battery. Accordingly, Defendants are entitled to summary judgment as the Plaintiff has not

  provided any facts to support allegations of assault and battery.

                 c. Malicious Prosecution.

         To maintain a cause of action for malicious prosecution, the Plaintiff must prove 1) the

  commencement of a judicial proceeding; 2) the legal causation by the Defendant against the

  Plaintiff; 3) its bona fide termination in favor of the Plaintiff; 4) the absence of probable cause

  for the prosecution; 5) malice and 6) damages. Hickman v. Barclay’s International Realty, Inc.,

  16 So.3d 154, 155 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009). The Plaintiff cannot prove any of the elements of

  malicious prosecution.

         Plaintiff fails to show the commencement of judicial proceedings against the Plaintiff by

  any Defendant. In fact, the Plaintiff concedes in his response brief that the Federal Bureau of

  Prisons conducted the hearing regarding his violation of his halfway house program. Second, and

  most importantly, there was no bona fide termination in favor of the Plaintiff. Even if the

  Defendants initiated any judicial proceeding, which is denied, the Plaintiff did not prevail in the

  proceedings. Upon his return to the Federal Detention Center-Miami, the Bureau of Prisons held

  a hearing attended by the Plaintiff and independently found Plaintiff guilty of the violations.

  (Plaintiff’s Response Brief, Docket Number 90, pages 32-37)

         Third, probable cause existed as the Plaintiff admittedly drove a vehicle without

  permission in violation of the terms of his halfway house/home confinement set forth by the

  Federal Bureau of Prisons. Plaintiff was never given permission by Dismas to drive a vehicle.

  Plaintiff admitted that he drove a vehicle from his home to Dismas on October 13, 2010 without

  approved authorization. (Plaintiff’s Response Brief, Docket Number 90, pages 2 and 34) Since




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  the Plaintiff has not, and cannot establish the elements of malicious prosecution, Defendants

  must be awarded summary judgment.

                  d. Abuse of process.

          To support a cause of action for abuse of process, the Plaintiff must prove that the

  process was used for an immediate purpose other than that for which it was designed. Biondo v.

  Powers, 805 So. 2d 67, 69 (Fla. 4th DCA 2002). In his response brief, Plaintiff lists documents

  and letters. (Response Brief, p. 8-9) Plaintiff makes unsubstantiated allegations and self serving

  statements without evidence that the documents listed are fabricated. However, the documents

  listed (i.e. transfer orders and letters) do not constitute “process.” Regardless, the Plaintiff fails to

  provide any properly documented facts or evidence that the process was used for any purpose

  other than that for which it was designed. For example, if any Defendant used the Disciplinary

  Report System, the Report was used for no other purpose than that for which it was designed.

  Under Florida law, there is no abuse of process when the process is used to accomplish the result

  for which it was created, regardless of the incidental or concurrent motive of spite or ulterior

  purpose. S & I Investments v. Payless Flea Market, 36 So. 3d 909, 917 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010)(the

  usual case of abuse of process involves some form of extortion.) Accordingly, the Defendants are

  entitled to final summary judgment.

                  e. Negligence and Gross Negligence

          The Plaintiff cannot maintain a cause of action for negligence or gross negligence

  because the Plaintiff cannot show any duty owed by the Defendants to the Plaintiff that was

  breached or any damages that flowed from any alleged breach of duty. There was no negligence

  with regards to the Plaintiff’s medical condition. In fact, the Plaintiff attached an Exhibit to his




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  Motion for Summary Judgment, signed by both Adams and Thomas recommending that the

  Plaintiff not work because of his medical condition and he was permitted home confinement.

         The motion for summary judgment is also devoid of any proper facts supporting any

  negligence. In his response brief, the Plaintiff contends that he was forced to perform manual

  labor, constantly terrorized and intimidated, forced to do clean work and was not permitted to

  accept meals from his wife. However, the Plaintiff fails to provide any support for these

  allegations including factual descriptions of the alleged intimidation and refusal of meals by his

  wife or any damages allegedly sustained. Even if these actions did occur, they do not constitute

  negligence, but rather are intentional acts.    Further, the Plaintiff has not documented any

  damages from these alleged acts. Accordingly, Defendants must be awarded summary judgment.

         2. The Complaint fails to allege any tortious conduct or violations of Federal Law
            or the Constitution.

         As was stated by this Court the Court in its Order issued March 30, 2011 (Docket number

  18) “the plaintiff’s claim of an unlawful search and seizure of his vehicle lacks merit. The

  defendants are private parties, and therefore, their actions do not trigger the constitutional

  implications of the Fourth Amendment.” This would be true for all constitutional amendments.

  Since Dismas is not the Federal government or a federal agency, Defendants’ alleged actions do

  not trigger any constitutional implications. The Plaintiff even admits that Dismas is a private

  non-profit corporation known as a CCC Contractor and is not part of the U.S. Federal

  Government. (Docket 90, page 1). Therefore, the Defendants are entitled to summary judgment

  on all Federal and Constitutional causes of action.




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             a. First Amendment

         The Plaintiff cannot prove that any Defendant interfered with the Plaintiff’s freedom of

  religion or speech. The Plaintiff claims he was not permitted to attend religious services. The

  Plaintiff was also not permitted to attend religious services outside of a 5 mile radius of his

  confinement as per Federal Bureau of Prison guidelines. However, he fails to provide any proper

  evidence demonstrating that he asked to attend religious services outside the five mile radius and

  that his request was denied. Accordingly, Defendants are entitled to summary judgment on any

  theory of recovery under the First Amendment.

             b. Fourth Amendment

         Plaintiff contends that the search of his vehicle, after he was caught driving without

  permission, was improper. The Plaintiff forgets that at all material times he was serving out a

  prison sentence and remained under the custody of the Attorney General of the United States.

  Plaintiff agreed to follow the rules of the Attorney General, Federal Bureaus of Prisons and

  Dismas. These conditions included the Plaintiff’s consenting to searches of his person and

  vehicle. (Affidavit of Ana Gispert, Docket 83-2) Since the search of the vehicle was agreed to

  by the Plaintiff as a condition of his community center release and confiscation of contraband-

  unauthorized cell phone was proper (following a search of the Plaintiff’s vehicle after he

  admitted driving without authorization of Dismas), no violations of the Fourth Amendment

  occurred and the Defendants are entitled to summary judgment.

             c. Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments

         The Plaintiff cannot prove that he was deprived of due process by the Defendants. The

  Plaintiff, as is evidenced by the attachments to his response brief, did receive proper notice of his

  violation. Upon his return to the Federal Detention Center-Miami, the Bureau of Prisons held a




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  hearing attended by the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff was afforded his due process rights through

  Disciplinary Hearing which the Plaintiff lost.     The Plaintiff was not subjected to “double

  jeopardy” by the Defendants. The Plaintiff was allegedly punished once for his violations by the

  Federal Bureau of Prisons, not Dismas.        The punishment was that the Plaintiff remain

  disciplinary transferred to the Federal Detention Center-Miami to serve the remaining sixty eight

  days of his sentence. Plaintiff also appears to be alleging that his Due Process Rights were

  violated because he was not provided with BP-9 Forms by Dismas. (Docket 90, Response Brief,

  page 13) However, the failure to provide forms, which Dismas did not have, does not constitute a

  violation of due process, especially since a hearing was conducted by the Bureau of Prisons

  itself. Accordingly, the Defendants are entitled to summary judgment for any causes arising

  from violations of any due process rights.

             d. Eighth Amendment

         The Plaintiff alleges that his Eighth Amendment Rights were violated because he was

  subjected to cruel and unusual punishment. The Plaintiff fails to set forth any cruel or unusual

  punishment. In his response brief, the Plaintiff contends that he was forced to perform manual

  labor, constantly terrorized and intimidated, forced to do clean work and was not permitted to

  accept meals from his wife. (Docket 30, Response Brief, pages 14-15) However, the Plaintiff

  fails to provide any support for these allegations including descriptions of the alleged

  intimidation, humiliations, terrors and refusal of meals by his wife. Regardless, even if these

  events occurred, they do not constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Certainly, the Plaintiff,

  who was still serving a prison sentence cannot complain that being deprived a meal from his wife

  is cruel and unusual as inmates are not permitted home cooked meals.           Accordingly, the

  Defendants are entitled to final summary judgment.




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          3. The Plaintiff has failed to appear for depositions, Defendants’ designated facts
             should be taken as established for purposes of this Motion for Summary
             Judgment as the Defendants’ claim and Plaintiff’s pleadings should be stricken.

          Defendants filed a Motion to Strike Plaintiff’s Pleadings for failing to appear for

   depositions.   (Docket 78 and 89, which are incorporated as though fully set forth herein)

   Plaintiff’s failure to appear has inhibited Defendants ability to defend the case and oppose

   Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment. Plaintiff was set for his deposition on October 10,

   2011. The deposition was cancelled at the request of the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff was reset for

   deposition on November 11, 2011 and again reset for deposition on December 5, 2011. The

   Plaintiff failed to appear for his depositions on November 11 and December 5, 2011. Despite the

   fact that the Plaintiff claims he has medical issues that prevent him from appearing for

   depositions, the Plaintiff was able to appear for mediation on November 1, 2011, prepare a

   Motion for Summary Judgment. (Docket 72-75) Further, the Plaintiff has been well enough to

   file additional briefs, including the 18 page single spaced brief, with case citations, to which this

   very Reply Brief is being filed. (Docket Numbers 86 and 90)

          Rule 37(d) deals with sanctions used when a party fails to cooperate in discovery and

   “allows the court to strike out pleadings and render default judgment against the disobedient

   party.” The Plaintiff’s failure to comply with the Rules of Civil Procedure merit striking his

   motion for summary judgment, directing that the designated facts of the Defendants be taken as

   established for purposes of the action, as the Defendants claim; prohibiting the disobedient party

   from supporting or opposing designated claims or defenses (including his Motion for Summary

   Judgment), prohibit the Plaintiff from introducing designated matters in evidence and dismissing

   his complaint. Accordingly, the Defendants Motion for Summary Judgment must be granted.




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                                          CONCLUSION

             For the reasons set forth above, the Defendants would move this Court for an Order

   granting all Defendants Final Summary Judgment and any further relief the Court deems just and

   proper.

                                               Respectfully submitted,

                                               EISINGER, BROWN, LEWIS, FRANKEL,
                                               & CHAIET, P.A.
                                               Attorneys for Defendants
                                               4000 Hollywood Boulevard
                                               Suite 265-South
                                               Hollywood, FL 33021
                                               (954) 894-8000
                                               (954) 894-8015 Fax

                                               BY:    /S/ David S. Chaiet____________
                                                      DAVID S. CHAIET, ESQUIRE
                                                      FBN: 963798



                                   CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

          I HEREBY CERTIFY that on the 12th day of January, 2012, I electronically filed the
   foregoing document with the Clerk of the Court using CM/ECF. I also certify that the foregoing
   document is being served this day on all counsel of record or pro se parties identified on the
   attached Service List in the manner specified, either via transmission of Notices of Electronic
   Filing generated by CM/ECF or in some other authorized manner for those counsel or parties
   who are authorized to receive electronically Notices of Electronic Filing.

                                 __/s/ David S. Chaiet_______________
                                 DAVID S. CHAIET, ESQUIRE
                                 Florida Bar No. 963798




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                                      SERVICE LIST

                    Traian Bujduveanu v. Dismas Charities, Inc., et al.
                       Case No..: 11-20120-CIV-SEITZ/SIMONTON
                  United States District Court, Southern District of Florida


   Traian Bujduveanu
   Pro Se Plaintiff
   5601 W. Broward Blvd.
   Plantation, FL 33317

   Tel: (954) 316-3828
   Email: orionav@msn.com




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