Williams et al v. Brown et al
ORDER ADOPTING IN LARGE PART THE 24 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS; further granting in part and denying in part 12 Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim as set forth. Signed by Honorable P. K. Holmes, III on August 14, 2014. (lw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
FORT SMITH DIVISION
BOBBY DWAYNE WILLIAMS
Case No. 2:13-CV-02176
RON BROWN, Sheriff, Crawford County,
Arkansas; and VERN CUPP, Lt., Crawford
County Detention Center
Currently before the Court are the findings and recommendations (Doc. 24) of the Honorable
James R. Marschewski, Chief United States Magistrate for the Western District of Arkansas. Also
before the Court are Plaintiff’s Objections (Doc. 25). The magistrate recommends dismissing claims
alleging violation of state laws as well as claims for injunctive relief while leaving Plaintiff’s other
claims pending. Plaintiff’s objections do not appear to specifically address the magistrate’s findings
or recommendations, but rather appear to expound upon the allegations of his complaint. The Court
finds, therefore, that Plaintiff’s objections raise no issue that would require departure from the
findings and recommendations of the magistrate.
The Court, therefore, ADOPTS in large part the report and recommendations (Doc. 24). The
Court declines to adopt, however, the ultimate recommendation that Defendants’ motion to dismiss
“should be granted with respect to the alleged violation of state law.” It is not clear what the
magistrate is recommending the Court dismiss. The Court agrees with the magistrate’s reasoning
earlier in the report that not every violation of state law equates with a violation of federal
constitutional law. However, such violations may properly be asserted in the context of alleging a
broader constitutional violation. It is not clear to the Court that Plaintiff is making separate state law
and federal law claims. Because the Court finds, as recommended by the magistrate, that Plaintiff
has asserted a plausible federal claim against Defendants, the Court declines to attempt to separate
out for dismissal any undefined state-law claims raised by Plaintiff.
Plaintiff does not appear to object to the dismissal of his claim for injunctive relief, and the
Court adopts the magistrate’s reasoning and recommendation as to this claim.
Therefore, for the reasons stated herein and in the report and recommendations, Defendants’
motion to dismiss (Doc. 12) is GRANTED IN PART insofar as any claims for injunctive relief are
DISMISSED AS MOOT. The motion is DENIED in all other respects.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 14th day of August, 2014.
/s/P. K. Holmes, III
P.K. HOLMES, III
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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