Epps v. Collins et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER: ORDERED as follows that: 1. the Plaintiff's 10 Motion for a Preliminary Injunction is DENIED; 2. the Plaintiff's objections are OVERRULED; 3. the Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge is ADOPTED; 4. this case is DISMISSED; and 5. the Plaintiff's 7 Motion to Appoint Guardian ad litem and 12 Motion for Mandatory Judicial Notice are DENIED as moot. Signed by Chief Judge Emily C. Marks on 10/10/2019. (kr, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
DAMMUON EPPS, et al.,
ZACHARY COLLINS, et al.,
CIV. ACT. NO. 3:18-cv-1017-ECM
MEMORANDUM OPINION and ORDER
On August 12, 2019, the Magistrate Judge entered a Recommendation
recommending that this case be dismissed and the Plaintiff’s motion to Appoint Guardian
Ad Litem be denied as moot. (Doc. 9). On August 27, 2019, the Plaintiff filed a document
entitled “Objection to the Recommendation and a Memorandum in support of Motion for
Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction.” (Doc. 11). On August 27,
2019, the Court denied the Plaintiff’s Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (doc. 13).
In his motion and objections, the Plaintiff requests a preliminary injunction
enjoining the Defendants from enforcing state statutes and utilizing administrative
procedures related to actions taken by the Defendants against his children. Although the
Plaintiff purports to challenge “the constitutionality of the statutes implicated in [his]
complaint,” the Plaintiff is once again challenging the removal of his children from his
custody by the Russell County Department of Human Resources. See Doc. 11. Beginning
in 2014, the Plaintiff has filed or removed eleven lawsuits in this Court. See State of
Alabama Russell County Dep’t of Human Resources v. Epps, 3:14-cv-1190-WKW; State
of Alabama Russell County Dep’t of Human Resources v. Epps, 3:14-cv-1191-WKW; State
of Alabama Russell County Dep’t of Human Resources v. Epps, 3:14-cv-1192-WKW; State
of Alabama Russell County Dep’t of Human Resources v. Epps, 3:14-cv-1193-WKW; State
of Alabama Russell County Dep’t of Human Resources v. Epps, 3:14-cv-1194-WKW; State
of Alabama Russell County Dep’t of Human Resources v. Epps, 3:14-cv-1195-WKW; Epps
v. Russell County Dep’t of Human Resources, 3:15-cv-25-MHT; Epps v. Jones, 3:17-cv758-WKW; Epps v. Alabama Dep’t of Human Resources, 3:18-cv-598-WKW; Epps v.
Collins, 3:18-cv-1017-ECM; and Epps v. Buckner, 3:19-cv-345-WKW. The common
theme throughout the Plaintiff’s lawsuits is the allegation that in 2014 the Russell County
Department of Human Resources has improperly placed his six children in foster care.
The Court has also carefully reviewed the record in this case, including the
Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge (doc. 9), the Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary
Injunction (doc. 10), and the Plaintiff’s Objections to the Report and Recommendation
(doc. 11). The Plaintiff’s Objections largely mirror and reiterate his claims presented in
his complaint. The Court finds that the well-reasoned Recommendation of the Magistrate
Judge effectively addresses all of the Plaintiff’s claims. Accordingly, upon an independent
review of the file in this case and for good cause, it is further
ORDERED as follows that:
the Plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction (doc. 10) is DENIED.
the Plaintiff’s objections are OVERRULED;
the Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge is ADOPTED;
this case is DISMISSED; and
the Plaintiff’s motion to appoint guardian ad litem (doc. 7) and motion for
mandatory judicial notice (doc. 12) are DENIED as moot.
A separate final judgment will be entered.
DONE this 10th day of October, 2019.
/s/ Emily C. Marks
EMILY C. MARKS
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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