Bohanon v. West Memphis City of et al
ORDER granting 1 MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis filed by Brandon Keith Bohanon; denying as moot 3 MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. Bohanon is advised of his responsibility to pay the $350 filing fee with an init ial partial filing fee of $9.42 assessed. The filing fee is to be collected & disbursed by Plaintiff's custodians per this Order. While there are other legal defects, Bohanon's lawsuit is certainly premature & his complaint is dismissed without prejudice. Signed by Judge D. P. Marshall Jr. on 1/18/2012. (jct)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
BRANDON KEITH BOHANON
CITY OF WEST MEMPHIS; DAVID PEEPLES,
District Attorney, City of West Memphis;
WEST MEMPHIS POLICE DEPARTMENT;
DONALD OAKES, Chief of Police, West Memphis
Police Department; WEST MEMPHIS MUNICIPAL
COURT; and WILLIAM RAINEY, Judge, West
Memphis Municipal Court
1. Bohanon moves to proceed in forma pauperis. The deposits in his
account at the Crittenden County Detention Center for the six months before
his application totaled $282.53. Document No.1. Bohanon's motion to proceed
in forma pauperis, Document No.1, is therefore granted.
He must pay
nonetheless. His present custodian, the Warden/Director of the Crittenden
County Detention Facility or his designee, will collect from Mr. Bohanon's
prison trust account the $350.00 filing fee by collecting the $9.42 initial partial
filing fee, as well as monthly payments amounting to 20% of the preceding
month's income credited to his prison trust account each time the amount in
the account exceeds $10.00. Payments should be dearly identified by the
name and number assigned to this action.
The Clerk of Court is directed to send a copy of this Order to the
Arkansas Department of Correction Trust Fund Centralized Banking Office,
P.O. Box 8908, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71611, the Arkansas Department of
Correction Compliance Division, P.O. Box 20550, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71612,
and the Warden/Director of the Crittenden County Detention Facility, 350
AFCO Road, West Memphis, Arkansas 72301.
2. This Court must also screen his complaint, however. 28 U.S.C. §
1915A. Bohanon - more accurately, Brandon Keith Bohanon - alleges that he
is being unlawfully confined for criminal charges broughtagainst his brother,
Brent Bohanon. While there are other legal defects, Bohanon's lawsuit is
certainly premature; because success in this § 1983 action would imply that
his conviction is invalid, he may bring suit under § 1983 only after his
conviction is reversed, expunged, or called into question by a state tribunal
or federal court. Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477, 486-87 (1994); Sheldon v.
Hundley, 83 F.3d 231 (8th Cir. 1996). The Court also notes that Judge Rainey
and Prosecutor Peeples may well be entitled to absolute immunity. Mireles
v. Waco, 502 U.S. 9, 11 (1991); Reasonoverv. St. Louis County, Missouri, 447F.3d
569,579-580 (8th Cir. 2006). And Bohanon's claims against the City of West
Memphis and its police department seem to stumble on Monell because
Bohanon alleges no custom or policy. Monell v. Department of Social Services,
436 U.S. 658,694 (1978).
3. Motion, Document No.1, granted. Motion, Document No.3, denied as
moot. Bohanon's complaint is dismissed without prejudice.
D.P. Marshall Jr.
United States District Judge
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