Ainley v. Hobbs et al
ORDER denying pltf's 1 MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis; this complaint is DISMISSED, and shall be re-filed as a Motion to Amend in Ainley v. Hobbs, 5:11-cv-00247-DPM-HDY. Signed by Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes on 1/24/12. (vjt)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
TONY CURTIS AINLEY, JR.,
RAY HOBBS, et al.
Plaintiff Tony Ainley is a state inmate incarcerated at the Varner Super Max Unit of the
Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC). He filed this action pro se, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §
1983, together with a Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915 (Doc. No.
1). However, after reviewing Plaintiff’s Complaint, the Court finds that his Motion should be
denied, that this action should be dismissed, and should be re-filed as a Motion to Amend in another
The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) requires federal courts to screen prisoner
complaints seeking relief against a governmental entity, officer, or employee. 28 U.S.C. §
1915A(a). The Court must dismiss a complaint or portion thereof if the prisoner has raised claims
that: (a) are legally frivolous or malicious; (b) fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted;
or (c) seek monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief.
28 U.S.C. §
In the present Complaint, filed against ADC Director Ray Hobbs and Varner Unit Chaplain
Charles Freyder, Plaintiff states he would like his religion to be honored and that he does not believe
that the Defendants will honor his religion. Plaintiff also acknowledges the existence of another
pending case dealing with the same facts, Ainley v. Hobbs, 5:11-cv-00247-DPM-HDY (Doc. No.
2, p. 1). In that Complaint, Plaintiff alleges that Defendant Hobbs is trying to keep him from
practicing his religion of Hinduism. The Court finds these two Complaints sufficiently similar to
warrant construing the present Complaint as an attempt to add a Defendant to his previously-filed
Complaint. Therefore, rather than assessing a second $350.00 filing fee to institute the present
action which adds a second Defendant to a claim duplicative of that asserted in a currently-pending
case, the Court finds that this Complaint should be dismissed and should be re-filed as a Motion to
file an Amended Complaint in Ainley v. Hobbs, 5:11-cv-00247-DPM-HDY. Accordingly,
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that:
Plaintiff’s Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Doc. No. 1) is DENIED.
This Complaint is DISMISSED, and shall be re-filed as a Motion to Amend in Ainley
v. Hobbs, 5:11-cv-00247-DPM-HDY.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 24th day of January, 2012.
J. LEON HOLMES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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