Grady v. Jones, et al (INMATE 3)
ORDER denying 35 Motion, as further set out. Signed by Honorable Judge Wallace Capel, Jr on 9/27/12. (scn, )
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
LARRY JERONE GRADY, # 143344,
KENNETH JONES, et al.,
Civil Action No. 3:11cv430-WKW
ORDER ON MOTION
The petitioner, a state inmate whose petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 2254 is pending before the court,1 has filed a pleading in this action styled as a
“Motion for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief,” in which he requests that this court direct
Warden Kenneth Jones of the Bullock County Correctional Facility to return to him his
§ 2254 petition, his supporting brief, and all related evidentiary materials. Doc. No. 35. The
court construes this pleading as a Motion to Compel.
The petitioner maintains, in cursory fashion, that the requested documents are material
to his litigation in this pending habeas action. Doc. No. 35 at 4. However, he fails to show
how the loss of these legal materials has prevented him from presenting a claim or
prosecuting this action, or that he has suffered any actual injury as a result. In this and
previous pleadings, the petitioner alleges that he first lost access to these legal materials, as
The petitioner filed his § 2254 petition (Doc. No. 1) on June 3, 2011.
a result of actions by prison officials, on or around March 7, 2012.2 Doc. No. 35 at 2; see
also Doc. No. 19 at 1 & Doc. No. 22 at 2. However, the record reflects that around six
months before that date, on September 7, 2011, the petitioner filed a response to this court’s
order directing him to show cause why his § 2254 petition should not be dismissed because
it was not filed within the one-year limitation period established by 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)(1)
and for the other reasons asserted by the respondents in their answer to the § 2254 petition.
See Doc. Nos. 10 & 17. The petitioner included 21 pages of exhibits with that response. See
Doc. No. 17-1, Exhibits. D-O. The petitioner makes no claim that he did not have access to
the legal materials he now seeks when he filed the September 7, 2011, response, and it is
clear to the court that he did in fact have access to those materials when filing his response.
Accordingly, because the petitioner has failed to establish any actual injury resulting
from the loss of his legal materials, it is
ORDERED that the petitioner’s Motion to Compel (Doc. No. 35) be and is hereby
Done this 27th day of September, 2012.
/s/Wallace Capel, Jr.
WALLACE CAPEL, JR.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
The petitioner alleges that prison officials seized all documents in his possession on March
7, 2012, after determining that he had an excessive amount of documents in his property locker box.
Doc. No. 35 at 2. He alleges that, thereafter, prison officials have refused his requests that they
return his legal materials to him.
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