Lester Washington v. E Baton Rouge Prsh School Sys, et al


UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [11-30591 Affirmed ] Judge: CES , Judge: JWE , Judge: LHS Mandate pull date is 06/22/2012 [11-30591]

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Case: 11-30591 Document: 00511874115 Page: 1 Date Filed: 06/01/2012 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS United States Court of Appeals FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT Fifth Circuit FILED June 1, 2012 No. 11-30591 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk LESTER L. WASHINGTON, Plaintiff-Appellant v. EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM; EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM BOARD OF DIRECTORS; CHARLOTTE PLACIDE; ANNETTE MIRE; DIANE HELIRE; PEGGY LEDE; MILLIE WILLIAMS; DEMOINE RUTLEDGE; ELIZABETH DURAN SWINFORD, also known as Liz; HOWARD DAVIS; N. DECUIR, Mr., Defendants-Appellees Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (3:09-CV-662) Before STEWART, ELROD, and SOUTHWICK, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM:* Plaintiff-Appellant Lester L. Washington, pro se, appeals the district court’s dismissal of his complaint, alleging discrimination in violation of Title VI * Pursuant to 5th Cir. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5th Cir. R. 47.5.4. Case: 11-30591 Document: 00511874115 Page: 2 Date Filed: 06/01/2012 No. 11-30591 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction. We hold pro se complaints to a lower standard than formal pleadings drafted by attorneys. See Miller v. Stanmore, 636 F.2d 986, 988 (5th Cir. 1981). Nevertheless, such complaints “must set forth facts giving rise to a claim on which relief may be granted.” Johnson v. Atkins, 999 F.2d 99, 100 (5th Cir. 1993). We have considered the briefs of the parties and the record on appeal. The district court carefully considered Washington’s claims prior to dismissal. While we read pro se complaints liberally, pro se litigants must still comply with the law and procedural rules. As we conclude that Washington’s complaint fails to state a cognizable cause of action, we AFFIRM the district court’s judgment. 2

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