Wilson v. Dunn et al (DEATH PENALTY)
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER: it is ORDERED that Dfts' 26 Motion to Dismiss pursuant to FRCP 12(b)(6) is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART, as follows: 1) Dfts' Motion to Dismiss is DENIED with respect to Wilson's Eighth Amendmen t method-of-execution claim in Count 1 in that (a) Wilson has plausibly pleaded that the ADOC's execution protocol entails a substantial risk of severe pain, and (b) Wilson has plausibly pleaded three alternative methods of execution with either compounded pentobarbital, sodium thiopental, or midazolam in a single-drug execution. Dfts' Motion to Dismiss Wilson's claim in Count 1 is GRANTED with respect to the fourth proposed alternative method of execution by nitrogen asphyxiation ; 2) Dfts' Motion to Dismiss is GRANTED with respect to Wilson's Eighth Amendment consciousness assessment claim (Count 2); 3) Dfts' Motion to Dismiss is DENIED with respect to Wilson's claim in Count 2 that Dfts have no plan to s top an execution in progress; 4) Dfts' Motion to Dismiss is GRANTED with respect to Wilson's First Amendment "right of access" claim for cell phone access (Count 3); 5) Dfts' Motion to Dismiss is GRANTED with respect to Wilso n's Fourteenth Amendment claim regarding the secrecy of the ADOC's execution protocol (Count 4); 6) Dfts' Motion to Dismiss is DENIED with respect to Wilson's Fourteenth Amendment claim that the ADOC's deviation from the exec ution protocol violates his right to equal protection (Count 5); 7) Dfts' Motion to Dismiss with respect to Wilson's state law separation-of-powers claim in Count 6 that Alabama's Legislature has unlawfully delegated its power to the A DOC regarding the execution protocol, in violation of Article III, Section 43 of the Alabama Constitution, is GRANTED, as this claim fails to state a claim for relief under 42 USC 1983. Pursuant to 28 USC 1367(c)(1), the court declines to exercise su pplemental jurisdiction over this state law claim. This claim is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE to Wilson's right to pursue this claim in state court. Signed by Chief Judge William Keith Watkins on 11/21/2017. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Appeals Checklist) (alm, )
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are appealable. A final decision is one that “ends the litigation on the merits and
leaves nothing for the court to do but execute the judgment.” Pitney Bowes, Inc.
v. Mestre, 701 F.2d 1365, 1368 (11th Cir. 1983) (citing Catlin v. United States,
324 U.S. 229, 233, 65 S.Ct. 631, 633, 89 L.Ed. 911 (1945)). A magistrate judge’s
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entered by a district court judge. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b); Perez-Priego v. Alachua
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Williams v. Bishop, 732 F.2d 885, 885-86 (11th Cir. 1984). A judgment which
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collateral to the merits, is immediately appealable. Budinich v. Becton Dickinson
& Co., 486 U.S. 196, 201, 108 S.Ct. 1717, 1721-22, 100 L.Ed.2d 178 (1988);
LaChance v. Duffy’s Draft House, Inc., 146 F.3d 832, 837 (11th Cir. 1998).
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L.Ed. 1528 (1949); Atlantic Fed. Sav. & Loan Ass’n v. Blythe Eastman Paine
Webber, Inc., 890 F.2d 371, 376 (11th Cir. 1989); Gillespie v. United States Steel
Corp., 379 U.S. 148, 157, 85 S.Ct. 308, 312, 13 L.Ed.2d 199 (1964).
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