Moore v. Shock et al
ORDER adopting 17 Proposed Findings and Recommended Partial Disposition as this Court's findings, with exception. Plaintiff's claims against L. Douglas, Michael Rainwater, and the law firm of Rainwater, Holt, and Sexton are dismissed without prejudice. Signed by Judge J. Leon Holmes on 2/7/2014. (ks)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
DAVID P. MOORE, SR.
ADC # 112305
No. 4:13CV00594 JLH-JJV
ANDY SHOCK, Sheriff,
Faulkner County; et al.
The Court has reviewed the Proposed Findings and Recommended Partial Disposition
submitted by United States Magistrate Judge Joe J. Volpe and David P. Moore, Sr.’s objections.
After carefully considering the objections and making a de novo review of the record, the Court
concludes that the Proposed Findings and Recommended Partial Disposition should be approved and
adopted as this Court’s findings, except with respect to the allegations that Michael Rainwater and
the law firm of Rainwater, Holt & Sexton entered into a conspiracy with the Faulkner County
defendants to curb inmate lawsuits. Moore alleges that the Faulkner County Detention Center had
posted in various places a document entitled “Inmate Rights and Rules of Conduct” that read:
Due to the increase of frivolous lawsuits filed by inmates the Arkansas Legislature has
recently passed new laws allowing for the increased punishment of inmates filing
frivolous lawsuits. FCDC will punish inmates filing frivolous lawsuits to the fullest
extent of the law.
Moore alleges that this document posted at the Faulkner County Detention Center was fraudulent
and created for the purpose of discouraging him and frightening him from defending his constitutional
rights. He alleges that Michael Rainwater and the law firm of Rainwater, Holt & Sexton conspired
with the Faulkner County defendants to create this document so as to interfere with his rights of
access to the court.
Contrary to Moore’s argument, this document is not fraudulent. Ark. Code Ann. §§ 16-106201 through 204 provides for sanctions to inmates who file frivolous lawsuits. “Frivolous” is defined
as “having no reasonable basis in law or fact, or lacking in a good faith legal argument for the
extension, modification, or reversal of existing law.” Ark. Code Ann. § 16-106-201(1). Sanctions
that can be imposed include an award of attorneys’ fees and actual costs not to exceed $2,500 per
frivolous cause of action, court costs not to exceed $500, and a civil sanction not to exceed $1,000.
Ark. Code Ann. § 16-106-203. Thus, the notice posted by the Faulkner County Detention Center
warning inmates against filing frivolous lawsuits was not fraudulent, nor did it violate the United
States Constitution for the Faulkner County Detention Center to warn inmates that if they were to
file frivolous lawsuits the Faulkner County Detention Center would seek sanctions. Nothing about
the notice threatened punishment for filing a lawsuit that was not frivolous.
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that David P. Moore, Sr.’s claims against L. Douglas,
Michael Rainwater, and the law firm of Rainwater, Holt & and Sexton are dismissed without
DATED this 7th day of February, 2014.
J. LEON HOLMES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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