Sherman v. Clark County, Arkansas et al
ORDER re 7 Order Adopting Report and Recommendations, remains unchanged and all pending motions are dismissed as moot 15 MOTION to Amend/Correct 1 Complaint Referred (42:1983) filed by Patrick L. Sherman, 9 MOTION to Appoint Counsel filed by Patrick L. Sherman, 12 MOTION to Amend/Correct filed by Patrick L. Sherman, 11 MOTION for Joinder filed by Patrick L. Sherman.. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on January 26, 2015. (rw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
HOT SPRINGS DIVISION
PATRICK L. SHERMAN
CASE NO. 6:13-cv-6126
Before the Court is the Report and Recommendation filed March 5, 2014 by the Honorable
Barry A. Bryant, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Arkansas. (ECF No. 6).
The Court adopted the Report and Recommendation, dismissing Plaintiff’s claims with prejudice
on April 1, 2014. (ECF No. 7). Thereafter, Plaintiff informed the Court that he did not receive the
Report and Recommendation and did not therefore have the opportunity to file objections, so the
Court reopened his time to file objections. (ECF No. 13). The Plaintiff timely filed those objections
on January 5, 2015. (ECF No. 14).
In his Report and Recommendation, Judge Bryant recommended that Plaintiff’s claims be
dismissed because they are barred by the statute of limitations and because he cannot use the civil
rights statutes for habeas corpus relief. See Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477, 483-89 (1994).
Plaintiff objects, arguing the following: (1) the statute of limitations does not bar his claim because
he is not challenging a fact but the unconstitutional policies of state official actions; (2) some of his
claims had not been adjudicated; (3) his conviction has been called into question by a writ of habeas
corpus so he can properly bring a claim under Section 1983; (4) Judge John Forrester, in denying
Plaintiff’s habeas corpus petition in 1997, violated 28 U.S.C. § 2254; and (5) he is still suffering the
effects of the alleged Section 1983 claims so the statute of limitations does not apply.
Sherman is attempting to reclassify his Section 1983 arguments as habeas relief, and they are
barred by the statute of limitations. Moreover, his claims were adjudicated, as Judge Bryant found,
by his sentence. The fact that Sherman believes the sentence was contrary to law does not preclude
the application of the statute of limitations. The Court does not understand Plaintiff’s arguments that
his conviction was called into question by a writ of habeas corpus, as his request for writ of habeas
corpus was denied with prejudice. In all other claims, Plaintiff seeks habeas relief, and he cannot
use the civil rights statutes to procure habeas relief. See e.g., Edwards v. Balisok, 520 U.S. 641, 648
(1997); Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477, 483-89 (1994); Preiser v. Rodriquez, 411 U.S. 475, 500
(1973) (habeas corpus is the exclusive remedy for prisoners attacking the validity of their conviction
Accordingly, the Court’s previous adoption of the Report and Recommendation, dismissing
the case with prejudice, remains unchanged. (ECF No. 7). All other pending motions are hereby
DISMISSED AS MOOT.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 26th day of January, 2015.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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