Armstrong v. Golson et al (INMATE 1)
ORDER: Based on the foregoing, the objections are hereby OVERRULED. The court ADOPTS the 4 Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, and it is hereby ORDERED that this case is DISMISSED with prejudice prior to service of process in accordance with the directives of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i), (ii) and (iii). Signed by Honorable Judge W. Harold Albritton, III on 8/29/2012. (jg, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
TERRY ARMSTRONG, #172250,
CAROLYN GOLSON, et al.,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:12cv647-WHA
This case is before the court on the Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge (Doc. #4),
and objections filed by the Plaintiff (Doc. #5).
This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action in which the Plaintiff, a state inmate, challenges actions
of correctional officials with respect to his classification as a restricted offender. Following a de
novo review and independent evaluation of this matter, the court finds the objections to be
Armstrong filed objections to the Recommendation in which he argues that the
Magistrate Judge improperly recommended dismissal of his equal protection claim because he
met his burden under Rule 8 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requiring that he set forth a
short and plain statement for relief. This assertion in no way undermines the finding in the
Recommendation, as the Magistrate Judge did not recommend dismissal of the equal protection
claim due to the plaintiff’s failure to comply with the directives of Rule 8. Armstrong based this
claim solely on the alleged differential treatment of inmates, which, as explained in the
Recommendation, does not constitute a violation of the Equal Protection Clause. Armstrong
does not dispute his failure to present a sufficient factual basis for his equal protection claim.
Armstrong also challenges the construction of his complaint to allege a due process
violation when he was merely arguing that his classification violated the policies of the ADOC
and of the Alabama Administrative Procedures Act. The court agrees with the Magistrate Judge
that this allegation provides no basis for relief in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action.
Based on the foregoing, the objections are hereby OVERRULED. The court ADOPTS
the Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, and it is hereby
ORDERED that this case is DISMISSED with prejudice prior to service of process in
accordance with the directives of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i), (ii) and (iii).
DONE this 29th day of August, 2012.
/s/ W. Harold Albritton
W. HAROLD ALBRITTON
SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?