Anderson v. State of Alabama
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge C Lynwood Smith, Jr on 3/28/2014. (AHI)
2014 Mar-28 PM 03:24
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
GREGORY ANDERSON, JR.,
STATE OF ALABAMA,
) Case No. 2:12-cv-03933-CLS-HGD
MEMORANDUM OF OPINION
The magistrate judge filed a report and recommendation on October 10, 2013,
recommending that this action, filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, be dismissed
under 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b) for seeking monetary relief from defendants who are
immune from suit. The plaintiff filed objections to the report and recommendation
on October 18, 2013.
The plaintiff argues that District Attorney Pamela Casey violated his
constitutional rights when she continued to hold him in the Blount County Jail even
after he informed her through employees of the Blount County Jail that he had already
been prosecuted on those charges. Regardless of what the district attorney knew,
should have known, or was told by employees of the Blount County Jail, prosecutors
are absolutely immune from liability in § 1983 suits brought regarding prosecutorial
actions that are “intimately associated with the judicial phase of the criminal process,”
Imbler v. Pachtman, 424 U.S. 409, 428 (1976), because of “concern that harassment
by unfounded litigation” could both “cause a deflection of the prosecutor’s energies
from his public duties” and lead him to “shade his decisions instead of exercising the
independence of judgment required by his public trust.” Id. at 423; see Van de Kamp
v. Goldstein, 555 U.S. 335, 357 (2009). The actions of District Attorney Pamela
Casey, as alleged by the plaintiff, are prosecutorial conduct and, as such, are subject
to absolute immunity.
Having carefully reviewed and considered de novo all the materials in the court
file, including the report and recommendation and the objections thereto, the court
is of the opinion that the magistrate judge’s report is due to be, and it hereby is,
ADOPTED, and the recommendation is ACCEPTED. Accordingly, the complaint is
due to be dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b) for seeking monetary relief
from defendants who are immune. A Final Judgment will be entered.
DONE and ORDERED this 28th day of March, 2014.
United States District Judge
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