Rhey v. Ogbuehi et al

Filing 20

ORDER Denying Plaintiff's 17 Motion for Order Requiring U.S. Marshal to Serve Summons and Complaint, as Premature signed by Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone on 10/18/2017. (Flores, E)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 CHOON RHEY, Plaintiff, 12 13 14 Case No. 1:17-cv-00718-AWI-SAB (PC) ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR ORDER REQUIRING U.S. MARSHAL TO SERVE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT, AS PREMATURE v. INFEOMA OGBUEHI, et al., [ECF No. 17] 15 Defendants. 16 17 Plaintiff Choon Rhey is a state prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil rights matter 18 pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. 19 Currently before the Court is Plaintiff’s motion for an order requiring the U.S. Marshal to 20 serve the summons and complaint in this action, filed on October 16, 2017. (ECF No. 17.) 21 Plaintiff paid the filing fee in this matter on August 10, 2017. 22 Plaintiff’s motion is premature, and shall be denied without prejudice. The Court is 23 required to screen complaints brought by prisoners seeking relief against a governmental entity 24 or officer or employee of a governmental entity. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a). The Court will direct 25 service of process only after Plaintiff’s complaint has been screened and found to state 26 cognizable claims for relief. If Plaintiff’s complaint is found to have stated a cognizable claim 27 against any defendant, a copy of the complaint will be sent to Plaintiff with service documents 28 and instructions on how to proceed. No motion will be necessary. 1 In this case, on September 21, 2017, Plaintiff’s original complaint was dismissed, with 1 2 leave to amend. Plaintiff has now filed a first amended complaint concurrently with the instant 3 motion. Plaintiff is advised that his first amended complaint will be screened in due course. Accordingly, it is HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s motion for an order requiring the 4 5 U.S. Marshal to serve the summons and complaint (ECF No. 17), is DENIED without prejudice, 6 as premature. 7 8 9 IT IS SO ORDERED. 10 Dated: October 18, 2017 UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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