Charles Woodruff v. Bryan Walls, et al


UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [15-11077 Vacated and Remanded] Judge: TMR, Judge: PRO, Judge: JWE. Mandate pull date is 04/05/2017; denying motion to appoint counsel filed by Appellant Mr. Charles Franklin Woodruff [8126284-2] [15-11077]

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Case: 15-11077 Document: 00513913393 Page: 1 Date Filed: 03/15/2017 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT No. 15-11077 Summary Calendar United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit FILED March 15, 2017 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk CHARLES FRANKLIN WOODRUFF, Plaintiff-Appellant v. BRYAN WALLS, Sheriff, Young County; TOMMY MARTIN, Captain of the Young County Sheriff's Department; B. J. COOK, Sergeant; NFN MOODY, Deputy; NFN DENNIS, Corporal; LINDA DOE, Deputy, Defendants-Appellees Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas USDC No. 7:12-CV-71 Before REAVLEY, OWEN, and ELROD, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: * Charles Franklin Woodruff, now Texas prisoner # 01737452, appeals the district court’s sua sponte dismissal with prejudice of his pro se, in forma pauperis (IFP) 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint. We review the dismissal de novo. Rogers v. Boatright, 709 F.3d 403, 407 (5th Cir. 2013). 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 R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR.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: 15-11077 Document: 00513913393 Page: 2 Date Filed: 03/15/2017 No. 15-11077 The district court is required to dismiss an IFP complaint that fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii). Generally, however, the plaintiff is to be given “notice of the perceived inadequacy of the complaint and an opportunity for the plaintiff to respond.” Brown v. Taylor, 829 F.3d 365, 370 (5th Cir. 2016). Although the district court issued questionnaires eliciting additional facts, Woodruff “did not receive notice that his complaint might be inadequate,” or “an opportunity to amend it or argue against that characterization.” Id. Woodruff’s brief indicates that he could have amended his complaint to allege more specific facts had he been informed of the inadequacies of his complaint and had an opportunity to respond. For the foregoing reasons, though we express no opinion on the merits of Woodruff’s complaint, we VACATE the district court’s order dismissing the complaint with prejudice and REMAND for further proceedings. Woodruff’s motion for appointment of appellate counsel is DENIED without prejudice to the filing of another motion for appointment of counsel in the district court. 2

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