Newson v. Schaffer

Filing 9

ORDER DISMISSING COMPLAINT WITH LEAVE TO AMEND, signed by Magistrate Judge Dennis L. Beck on 8/24/2010. First Amended Complaint due by 9/27/2010. (Jessen, A)

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Newson v. Schaffer Doc. 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 WAYNE ELDERWIN NEWSON, 9 10 Plaintiff, 11 v. 12 TODD SCHAFFER, 13 14 Defendant. 15 16 Plaintiff Wayne Elderwin Newson is proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil 17 rights action, filed on August 18, 2010. He names Parole Officer Todd Schaffer as Defendant. 18 DISCUSSION 19 A. 20 Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2), the court must conduct an initial review of the 21 complaint for sufficiency to state a claim. The court must dismiss a complaint or portion thereof 22 if the court determines that the action is legally "frivolous or malicious," fails to state a claim 23 upon which relief may be granted, or seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune 24 from such relief. 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2). If the court determines that the complaint fails to state 25 a claim, leave to amend may be granted to the extent that the deficiencies of the complaint can be 26 cured by amendment. 27 28 1 Dockets.Justia.com UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT ) 1:10cv01491 OWW DLB ) ) ) ORDER DISMISSING COMPLAINT ) WITH LEAVE TO AMEND ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Screening Standard 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 C. In reviewing a complaint under this standard, the Court must accept as true the allegations of the complaint in question, Hospital Bldg. Co. v. Trustees of Rex Hospital, 425 U.S. 738, 740 (1976), construe the pro se pleadings liberally in the light most favorable to the Plaintiff, Resnick v. Hayes, 213 F.3d 443, 447 (9th Cir. 2000), and resolve all doubts in the Plaintiff's favor, Jenkins v. McKeithen, 395 U.S. 411, 421 (1969). B. Plaintiff's Allegations Plaintiff alleges that Defendant Parole Officer Todd Schaffer acted in "reckless disregard of material" and "did not use due care or skill" during Plaintiff's August 2006 Final Parole Board Hearing. He contends that as a result, he was denied his right to present witnesses, his right to present evidence and his right to cross-examine in violation of the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments. Plaintiff contends that his parole was revoked and he requests monetary damages. Plaintiff is no longer incarcerated. Analysis When seeking relief for an allegedly unconstitutional conviction or imprisonment, "a 1983 plaintiff must prove that the conviction or sentence has been reversed on direct appeal, expunged by executive order, declared invalid by a state tribunal authorized to make such determination, or called into question by a federal court's issuance of a writ of habeas corpus, 28 U.S.C. 2254." Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477, 487-88 (1994). "A claim . . . bearing that relationship to a conviction or sentence that has not been so invalidated is not cognizable under 1983." Id. at 488 (emphasis in original). Plaintiff does not allege that his parole revocation has been invalidated and is therefore unable to state a claim for which relief may be granted. Plaintiff will be given one opportunity to amend, although it is unclear whether Plaintiff can successfully do so. D. Amendment Based on the above, Plaintiff's complaint is DISMISSED WITH LEAVE TO AMEND. In amending his complaint, Plaintiff is informed that the Court cannot refer to a prior pleading in order to make his amended complaint complete. Local Rule 220 requires that an amended complaint be complete in itself without reference to any prior pleading. This is because, as a 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 general rule, an amended complaint supercedes the original complaint. See Loux v. Rhay, 375 F.2d 55, 57 (9th Cir. 1967). Once Plaintiff files an amended complaint, the original pleading no longer serves any function in the case. Plaintiff may file an amended complaint within thirty (30) days of the date of service of this order. Plaintiff's complaint should be clearly titled, "First Amended Complaint," and shall refer to the case number assigned to this action. If Plaintiff does not file an amended complaint within this time frame and in accordance with this order, the Court will recommend that this action be dismissed. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: 9b0hie August 24, 2010 /s/ Dennis L. Beck UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 3

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