Bowden v. Dorney
ORDER ADOPTING 6 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS and denying 1 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis and this case is dismissed with prejudice. Furthermore, the Court finds that this case should be counted as a strike under 28 U.S.C. 1915(g). Signed by Honorable P. K. Holmes, III on September 27, 2012. (lw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
FORT SMITH DIVISION
Case No. 2:12-CV-02132
JERRY LEE DORNEY,
Chief Deputy, Johnson County
Currently before the Court is the Report and Recommendation (Doc. 6) filed in this case on
August 8, 2012, by the Honorable James R. Marschewski, Chief United States Magistrate for the
Western District of Arkansas. Also before the Court are Plaintiff’s Objections (Doc. 7) to the Report
The Court has reviewed this case de novo and, being well and sufficiently advised, finds as
follows: Plaintiff’s objections offer neither law nor fact requiring departure from the Report and
Recommendation. The Magistrate determined that although Plaintiff appeared to qualify for in
forma pauperis status by virtue of his economic status, his claims were clearly subject to dismissal
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i-ii) for being frivolous and for failing to state a claim upon
which relief may be granted. (Doc. 6, pp. 2-3). Plaintiff alleged in his Complaint that Defendant
failed to properly investigate Plaintiff’s report of attempted poisoning and to bring subsequent
criminal charges against the person Plaintiff accused. However, as the Magistrate correctly
observed, a private citizen has no right to institute a criminal prosecution. Diamond v. Charles, 476
U.S. 54, 64-65 (1986). Even if the allegations in Plaintiff’s Complaint were taken as true, they could
not have amounted to a violation of Plaintiff’s federal constitutional rights, pursuant to 42 U.S.C.
In Plaintiff’s written objections to the Report and Recommendation, he stated that his
Complaint “only briefly described [the] facts of [the] case” and instead should have contained other
facts. (Doc. 7, p. 1). These other facts, not pled in the Complaint but detailed at length in Plaintiff’s
“objections,” included descriptions of alleged indignities Plaintiff suffered while incarcerated on a
charge of first degree murder, and a claim that, by virtue of Plaintiff’s incarceration, he did not
receive an inheritance “that would have been bequeathed to him.” Id. at p. 4. In examining
Plaintiff’s objections, however, the Court finds that they are not directed to any of the findings made
by the Magistrate. Instead, Plaintiff appears to have filed objections in order to air new grievances
and draw the Court’s attention to other, seemingly frivolous claims. Plaintiff may, however, file a
new complaint asserting these claims, if he so chooses.
Accordingly, the Court finds that the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate is proper
and should be and hereby is ADOPTED IN ITS ENTIRETY. For the reasons stated in the
Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation, Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma
pauperis (Doc. 1) is DENIED and this case is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. Furthermore,
the Court finds that this case should be counted as a strike under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). As such, the
Clerk is directed to place a § 1915(g) strike flag on the case.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 27th day of September, 2012.
/s/P. K. Holmes, III
P.K. HOLMES, III
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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