Chambers, Jr. v. Marshall et al (INMATE 2)

Filing 3

RECOMMENDATION of the Magistrate Judge that: (1) plaintiff's claims against the Montgomery County Commission be dismissed with prejudice prior to service of process; (2) the Montgomery County Commission be dismissed as a defendant to this cause of action; (3) this case, with respect to plaintiff's claims against the remaining defendants be referred back to the Magistrate Judge for appropriate proceedings. Objections to R&R due by 10/12/2006. Signed by Judge Susan Russ Walker on 9/29/06. (sl, )

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Chambers, Jr. v. Marshall et al (INMATE 2) Doc. 3 Case 2:06-cv-00840-MHT-SRW Document 3 Filed 09/29/2006 Page 1 of 3 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA NORTHERN DIVISION _________________________________ FREDDIE L. CHAMBERS, JR., #71917 Plaintiff, v. SHERIFF D.T. MARSHALL, et al., Defendants. __________________________________ * * * * * 2:06-CV-840-MHT (WO) RECOMMENDATION OF THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE This is a 42 U.S.C. 1983 action in which Plaintiff, Freddie Chambers, ["Chambers"], challenges the conditions of confinement to which he is subjected in the Montgomery County Detention Facility. Chambers seeks declaratory and injunctive relief and monetary damages. Upon review of the complaint, the court concludes that Chambers' claims against the Montgomery County Commission should be dismissed prior to service of process in accordance with the directives of 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2)(B)(i) and (iii).1 I. DISCUSSION A prisoner who is allowed to proceed in forma pauperis in this court will have his complaint screened in accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2)(B). This screening procedure requires the court to dismiss a prisoner's civil action prior to service of process, regardless of the payment of a filing fee, if it determines that the complaint is frivolous, malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or seeks monetary damages from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2)(B)(i)-(iii). 1 Dockets.Justia.com Case 2:06-cv-00840-MHT-SRW Document 3 Filed 09/29/2006 Page 2 of 3 A. The County Commission County commissioners cannot be held liable for actions undertaken during the daily operation of a county jail. Turquitt v. Jefferson County, Alabama, 137 F.3d 1285, 1289 (11th Cir. 1998). Moreover, county commissioners are entitled to absolute immunity under 1983 for claims arising from the appropriation of funds for the maintenance of a county jail. Woods v. Garner, 132 F.3d 1417, 1420 (11th Cir. 1998) ("The budgetary decisions made by defendants for funding the county--including the jail--are legislative acts protected by legislative immunity."). Thus, Chambers' claims against the commissioners of Montgomery County are subject to summary dismissal upon application of the directives of 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2)(B)(i) and (iii). II. CONCLUSION Accordingly, it is the RECOMMENDATION of the Magistrate Judge that: 1. Plaintiff's claims against the Montgomery County Commission be DISMISSED with prejudice prior to service of process pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2)(B)(i) and (iii). 2. The Montgomery County Commission be DISMISSED as a Defendant to this cause of action. 3. This case, with respect to Plaintiff's claims against the remaining defendants, be referred back to the undersigned for appropriate proceedings. It is further ORDERED that on or before October 12, 2006 the parties may file objections to this 2 Case 2:06-cv-00840-MHT-SRW Document 3 Filed 09/29/2006 Page 3 of 3 Recommendation. Any objections filed must specifically identify the findings in the Magistrate Judge's Recommendation to which the party is objecting. Frivolous, conclusive or general objections will not be considered by the District Court. The parties are advised that this Recommendation is not a final order of the court and, therefore, it is not appealable. Failure to file written objections to the proposed findings and advisements in the Magistrate Judge's Recommendation shall bar the party from a de novo determination by the District Court of issues covered in the Recommendation and shall bar the party from attacking on appeal factual findings in the Recommendation accepted or adopted by the District Court except upon grounds of plain error or manifest injustice. Nettles v. Wainwright, 677 F.2d 404 (5th Cir. 1982). See Stein v. Reynolds Securities, Inc., 667 F.2d 33 (11th Cir. 1982). See also Bonner v. City of Prichard, 661 F.2d 1206 (11th Cir. 1981) (en banc), adopting as binding precedent all of the decisions of the former Fifth Circuit handed down prior to the close of business on September 30, 1981. DONE, this 29th day of September, 2006. /s/ Susan Russ Walker SUSAN RUSS WALKER UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 3

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