McClinton v. Jefferson County, Arkansas et al
ORDER granting 10 motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis, denying as moot 5 6 11 motions for service and 8 motion for extension of time; denying 9 motion for copies and granting 12 motion for copies; denying as premature 13 Motion for Relief and 14 Motion for Entry of Default; directing that payments be made from the Plaintiff's institutional account until the $350 filing fee is paid in full; directing the Clerk to send copies of this Order to the ADC Offi ces and to the Warden of the Cummins Unit; finding that service is proper for defendants Robinson and Bolin; directing the Clerk to prepare summons and the US Marshal to serve 2 and 3 without prepayment of fees and costs; dismissing Plaintiff's claims against defendants Jefferson County, Hunger and Manning; directing the Clerk to provide a copy of 8 to Plaintiff along with a copy of this Order. Signed by Chief Judge Brian S. Miller on 09/09/2014. (rhm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
CASE NO. 5:14CV00097 BSM
JEFFERSON COUNTY et al.
The request of pro se plaintiff Edmond McClinton, an Arkansas Department of
Correction (“ADC”) inmate, to proceed in forma pauperis (“IFP”) [Doc. No. 10] is granted
and his motion for extension of time to file a complete IFP application [Doc. No. 8] is denied
I. IFP APPLICATION
Prisoners who are allowed to file civil actions IFP must still pay the $350.00 filing
fee. 28 U.S.C. §1915(b)(1). If a prisoner is unable to pay the initial filing fee, the fee will
be withdrawn from the prisoner’s inmate trust account in monthly installments. 28 U.S.C.
In this case, the calculation sheet attached to McClinton’s application shows that he
has an average monthly deposit of $20.83 in his prison account. Based on this information,
an initial partial filing fee of $4.17 has been assessed. McClinton’s custodians are obligated
to collect the initial partial fee as well as monthly payments equal to 20% of the preceding
month’s income credited to McClinton’s prison trust account each time the amount in the
account exceeds $10.00, until the $350.00 filing fee is paid in full. Payments should be sent
to the clerk of the court and must be labeled with the name and number assigned to this
The clerk of the court is directed to send a copy of this order to: (1) the Arkansas
Department of Correction Trust Fund Centralized Banking Office, P.O. Box 8908, Pine
Bluff, Arkansas 71611; (2) the Arkansas Department of Correction Compliance Division,
P.O. Box 20550, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71612; and (3) the Warden of the Cummins Unit, Post
Office Box 500, Grady, Arkansas 71644.
McClinton is also notified that Rule 5.5(c)(2) of the Rules of the United States District
Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas requires pro se litigants to (1)
promptly notify the court and the other parties in the case of any change of address; (2) to
monitor the progress of the case; and (3) to prosecute or defend the action diligently.
Moreover, he should be aware that the rule further provides that the failure of a pro se
plaintiff to respond to any communication from the court within thirty (30) days may result
in dismissal of the plaintiff’s case. Finally, any party proceeding pro se shall be expected to
be familiar with and follow the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as well as the Local Rules
of this court. A copy of the Local Rules may be obtained from the District Clerk for the
Eastern District of Arkansas.
For screening purposes, McClinton has stated due process claims against Gerald
Robinson and Greg Bolin. Accordingly, service is proper for defendants Robinson and
The clerk of court is directed to prepare a summons for defendants Robinson and
Bolin. Sgd United States Marshal is directed to serve copies of the complaint and the
amended complaint, with any attachments [Doc. Nos. 2 & 3], and summonses for these
defendants without requiring prepayment of fees and costs, or the posting of security.
Service for these defendants should be through the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, 101
East Barraque Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601.
McClinton’s pending motions for service [Doc. Nos. 5, 6, & 11] are denied as moot.
Further, his motion for default judgment [Doc. No. 14] is denied as premature, as the
defendants have not yet been served.
Service is not appropriate for Jefferson County. In his complaint, McClinton names
the defendants in both their official and individual capacities. His claims against the
defendants in their official capacities are actually claims against the county. Parrish v. Ball,
594 F.3d 993, 997 (8th Cir. 2010). Accordingly, it is not necessary that Jefferson County be
named as a separate defendant, and Jefferson County is terminated as a party.
Moreover, service is not appropriate for Chief Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunger
or Deputy Prosecutor Karres Manning. “Prosecutors are absolutely immune from suits for
damages arising out of their official duties in initiating and pursuing criminal prosecutions.”
Saterdalen v. Spencer, 725 F.3d 838, 842 (8th Cir. 2013). This immunity shields prosecutors
from liability for actions taken to initiate a prosecution, “even if those actions are patently
improper.” Id. Therefore, McClinton’s claims against defendants Hunger and Manning are
III. REMAINING MOTIONS
McClinton has also filed two motions for copies. [Doc. Nos. 9 & 12]. In the first
motion, he requests copies of his habeas corpus petition in a different lawsuit. That petition
was not filed in this lawsuit. Accordingly, the motion [Doc. No. 9] is denied.
In the second motion, his request for a copy of Doc. No. 8 [Doc. No. 12] is granted.
The clerk of the court is directed to provide a copy of Doc. No. 8 along with a copy of this
Finally, McClinton has filed a “motion to establish relief” [Doc. No. 13]. In that
motion, McClinton includes further allegations related to the claims raised in his complaint
and amended complaint. McClinton moves for a judgment in his favor. Because the
defendants have not yet been served with this lawsuit, and the parties have not had the
opportunity to engage in discovery, McClinton’s motion [Doc. No. 13] is denied as
IT IS SO ORDERED this 9th day of September 2014.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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