Leeper v. Helder et al
TRANSFER ORDER directing that this case immediately be transferred to the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, Fayetteville Division. Signed by Judge Kristine G. Baker on 10/01/2014. (rhm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
CHARLES L. LEEPER,
No. 4:14-cv-550 KGB-JTR
TIM HELDER, Washington County Sheriff; and
DR. HOWARD, Washington County Detention Center
Plaintiff Charles L. Leeper has filed a pro se complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging
that defendants Tim Helder and Dr. Howard violated his constitutional rights while Mr. Leeper
was in the Washington County Detention Center.
The federal venue statute provides that, in a case that is not based on diversity
jurisdiction, venue is proper in the judicial district where “any defendant resides” or “a
substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred.” See 28 U.S.C. §
1391(b). The events giving rise to this action occurred in Washington County, and based upon
Mr. Leeper’s complaint, Mr. Helder and Dr. Howard reside in Washington County.
Washington County is located in the Fayetteville Division of the United States District
Court for the Western District of Arkansas. This Court concludes that the interest of justice will
be served best by transferring this case to that court. See 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a) (“The district court
of a district in which is filed a case laying venue in the wrong division or district shall dismiss, or
if it be in the interest of justice, transfer such case to any district or division in which it could
have been brought.”).
Accordingly, the Court immediately transfers this case to the United States District Court
for the Western District of Arkansas, Fayetteville Division.
SO ORDERED this 1st day of October, 2014.
KRISTINE G. BAKER
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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