Ritchey v. Flowers et al
OPINION AND ORDER ADOPTING 5 Report and Recommendations IN ITS ENTIRETY. The Complaint is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE, and the Clerk of Court is DIRECTED to place a strike flag on the case. Signed by Honorable Timothy L. Brooks on May 9, 2016. (rg)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
FRED W. RITCHEY
CASE NO. 3:16-CV-03009
SOLOMON GRAVES, Director, Arkansas Parole Board;
JAMES L. WILSON, Revocation Hearing Officer;
TRAVIS FLOWERS, Parole Officer;
SHERIFF MIKE MOORE, Boone County Sheriff;
INVESTIGATOR MICHAEL EDDINGS; and
INVESTIGATOR TONY SIMPSON, Boone County
OPINION AND ORDER
Currently before the Court is the Report and Recommendation ("R & R") (Doc. 5)
filed in this case on February 10, 2016, by the Honorable James R. Marschewski, United
States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Arkansas, regarding Plaintiff Fred W.
Ritchey's civil rights case submitted pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The Magistrate Judge
conducted a pre-service screening of the Complaint as per 28 U.S.C § 1915(e) and
recommended that the case be dismissed due to frivolousness and/or failure to state
claims upon which relief may be granted . In response , Mr. Ritchey, who is proceeding pro
se and in forma pauperis, filed timely Objections to the R & R (Doc. 8) , and the Court
conducted a de nova review of the record in accordance with 28 U.S.C . § 636(b)(1 )(c) .
Mr. Ritchey's Complaint alleges he was arrested for violating parole on criminal
charges that the arresting officers knew were "fraudulent. " (Doc. 1, p. 8) . He maintains
that his parole officer then moved to revoke his parole status, and during a revocation
hearing, Defendants Edding and Simpson "lied about a warrant and criminal charges and
[parole officer] Travis Flower[s] backed them up." Id. at p. 10. According to Mr. Ritchey,
his parole status was wrongfully revoked , he was sentenced to prison , and his appeal to
the Arkansas Board of Parole "received no response ." Id. at p. 11 .
In his Objections , Mr. Ritchey merely restates the allegations in his Complaint,
arguing that his arrest was: (1) based on false charges, (2) "supported" by his parole
officer, and (3) led to a hearing in which investigators offered false testimony against him,
and "[t]he hearing judge circumvented the Arkansas Parole Boards [sic] own published
guidelines and handed down a revocation with prejudice." (Doc. 8, p. 2) . It is clear that Mr.
Ritchey's Objections offer neither law nor fact that would cause this Court to deviate from
the well-reasoned recommendation of the Magistrate Judge. Mr. Ritchey's claims are,
therefore , Heck-barred . See Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 , 486-87 (1994) . Under
Heck, a state prisoner like Mr. Richey who seeks damages in a § 1983 lawsuit cannot
succeed if doing so would necessarily imply the invalidity of his conviction or sentence. Id.
Mr. Ritchey may only pursue his claim in an action for habeas relief.
For these reasons , Mr. Ritchey's Objections are overruled , and the R & R is
ADOPTED IN ITS ENTIRETY. The Complaint is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE under
28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i-ii), and the Clerk of Court is DIRECTED to place a strike flag
on the case .
IT IS SO ORDERED on this
day of May, 2
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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