Johnson v. Sebastian County, Arkansas

Filing 4

TRANSFER ORDER transferring this case immediately to the United States District Court for the Western Division of Arkansas, Fort Smith Division. Signed by Judge Susan Webber Wright on 12/2/2014. (ljb)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS WESTERN DIVISION CARLOS JOHNSON, ADC #655088 V. PLAINTIFF 4:14CV00672 SWW/JTR SEBASTIAN COUNTY, ARKANSAS; and DOES, unknown Sebastian County Jailers and Fort Smith Police Officers DEFENDANTS TRANSFER ORDER Plaintiff, Carlos Johnson, is a prisoner in the Varner Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction. He has filed a pro se § 1983 Complaint alleging that Defendants used excessive force against him when he was arrested in Sebastian County and confined in the Sebastian County Jail. Doc. 1. 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 Sebastian County, and it appears that Defendants reside in that county. Sebastian County is located in the Fort Smith Division of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. The Court concludes that the interest of justice will best be served by transferring the case to that federal court. See 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a) (providing that 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”). IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT this case is IMMEDIATELY TRANSFERRED to the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, Fort Smith Division. Dated this 2nd day of December, 2014. /s/Susan Webber Wright UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE -2-

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