Dial v. Pulliam et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION as more fully set out therein. Signed by Judge C Lynwood Smith, Jr on 1/25/2016. (AHI)
2016 Jan-25 PM 03:26
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
KENNETH WINSTON DIAL,
TERESA TANNER PULLIAM,
Case No. 4:15-cv-0635-CLS-JEO
The magistrate judge filed a report on August 31, 2015, recommending that this
action be dismissed without prejudice for failing to state a claim upon which relief
can be granted, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1). Plaintiff has filed objections
to the report and recommendation which the court finds meritless.
In his objections, plaintiff argues that the state court judges who presided over
his criminal trial in 1993 somehow lacked subject matter jurisdiction based upon the
failure to the Alabama Constitution (1901) to contain an equal protection clause. Not
only does plaintiff fail to cite any authority for this novel assertion, it is clear that
“[i]n Alabama, circuit courts have subject matter jurisdiction over felony prosecutions.” Charest v. Mitchem, 2015 WL 5121733 at *5 (S.D. Ala. August 31, 2015);
citing Seymore v. State of Alabama, 946 So. 2d 536, 539 (Ala. 2006); Ala. Code § 12-
11-30. Equally unavailing is plaintiff’s argument that the Alabama Constitution’s
lack of an equal protection clause somehow violates the United States Constitution’s
Supremacy Clause. He again cites no authority for this proposition, and alleges no
facts which demonstrate defendants violated the Fourteenth Amendment while
presiding over his criminal prosecution.
Accordingly, 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.
Therefore, in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1), this action is due to be
dismissed without prejudice for failing to state a claim upon which relief can be
granted. A Final Judgment will be entered contemporaneously herewith.
DONE this 25th day of January, 2016.
United States District Judge
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