Smith v. Johnson et al
ORDER ADOPTING 21 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS ; granting 10 Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim; granting 10 Motion to Dismiss; finding as moot 16 Motion to Take Deposition; and granting in part and denying in part 23 Motion f or Copies. The Clerk is directed to send to Smith one copy of docket entries 5, 6, 16 & 17, as well as a copy of the current docket sheet. An ifp appeal from this Order and accompanying Judgment would not be taken in good faith. Signed by Judge D. P. Marshall Jr. on 6/20/13. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
JAMES EDWARD SMITH
SAMMY D. JOHNSON, CO-I, Pine Bluff Unit,
ADC;and T. DOBBS, Varner Unit, ADC
The Court has considered Magistrate Judge H. David Young's Proposed
Findings and Recommendations, NQ 21, and Smith's objections, NQ 22. On de
novo review, FED. R. Crv. P. 72(b)(3), the Court adopts the proposal as its
decision, with a supplement to address Smith's objections.
If the Arkansas Claims Commission had no jurisdiction to decide
Smith's § 1983 claim, as he contends, then issue preclusion (sometimes called
collateral estoppel) nonetheless bars this claim. Price v. Harris, 722 F.2d 427,
428 (8th Cir. 1983) (per curiam); Steffen v. Housewright, 665 F.2d 245, 247 (8th
Cir. 1981) (per curiam). Smith cannot bring claims based on the same facts that
were litigated and decided against him in court or in a quasi-judicial
administrative forum like the Arkansas Claims Commission. Ibid. Because
his § 1983 claim is based on the same facts as his unsuccessful claim before the
Commission, compare Ng 2 at 4 with Ng 19-1 at 3, issue preclusion exists. If the
Commission had jurisdiction, then claim preclusion (sometimes called res
judicata) bars relitigation because Smith has already litigated and lost on the
merits. United States v. Gurley, 43 F.3d 1188, 1195-96 (8th Cir. 1994).
Johnson's motion to dismiss, Ng 10, is granted. Smith's complaint is
His claims against Dobbs and his failure-to-protect and
conditions-of-confinement claims against Boultinghouse and Minor are
dismissed without prejudice; his claims against Johnson are dismissed with
prejudice. Motion, Ng 16, denied as moot. Smith's motion for copies, Ng 23,
granted in part and denied in part. Smith requests a copy of his motion for
appointment of counsel, which he says he filed around 17 April2013. That
motion does not appear in the docket. The Court directs the Clerk to send
Smith one copy of Ng 5, 6, 16, & 17, as well as a copy of the current docket
An in forma pauperis appeal from this Order and accompanying
Judgment would not be taken in good faith.
D.P. Marshall Jr.
United States District Judge
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