WILLIAMS v. JOHNSON et al
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION re 2 MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis, and 6 FIRST Amended Complaint : It is recommended that the motion for leave to proceed (doc. 2 ) be DENIED, and that Plaintiffs amended complaint (d oc. 6 ), be DISMISSED for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. Signed by MAGISTRATE JUDGE ALLAN KORNBLUM on 3/03/2009. Internal deadline for referral to district judge if objections are not filed earlier: 3/31/2009. (kdm)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA GAINESVILLE DIVISION
TAURUS L. WILLIAMS, Plaintiff, vs. WILLIAM GLENN JOHNSON, et al, Defendants. / REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION Plaintiff has filed two incomplete affidavits of expenses in his efforts to obtain leave to proceed in forma pauperis. (Docs. 2 and 7). He was advised that he must show all income and expenses, but has filed a second affidavit showing that he is employed, but does not provide the amount of income from this job. He was also advised that his complaint failed to state claims under 42 U.S.C. §1983 and that he should consider dismissing his lawsuit. He has filed an amended complaint virtually identical to the original complaint. He complains about threats made by two private persons over a parking place. He claims that fear of these threats caused him to resign from his job, and he seeks $125,000.00 damages. CASE NO. 1:08CV235-SPM/AK
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It is the opinion of the undersigned that Plaintiff should be denied leave to proceed in forma pauperis because he has failed to file the appropriate papers for such leave, and the combined information from the two incomplete forms shows an income not warranting such leave, and finally, because he fails to state a claim for relief. A successful section 1983 action requires a plaintiff to show he was deprived of a federal right by a person acting under "color of state law." Harvey v. Harvey, 949 F.2d 1127, 1130 (11th Cir. 1992) citing Flagg Brothers, Inc. v. Brooks, 436 U.S. 149, 155-56, 98 S. Ct. 1729, 1733, 56 L. Ed. 2d 185 (1978). A person acts under color of state law when he acts with authority possessed by virtue of his employment with the state. Edwards v. Wallace Community College, 49 F.3d 1517, 1722 (11th Cir. 1995) citing West v. Atkins, 487 U.S. 42, 48-50, 108 S. Ct. 2250, 2255, 101 L. Ed. 2d 40 (1988). "The dispositive issue is whether the official was acting pursuant to the power he/she possessed by state authority or acting only as a private individual." Id., at 1523, citing Monroe v. Pape, 365 U.S. 167, 183-84, 81 S. Ct. 473, 482, 5 L. Ed. 2d 492 (1961), overruled on other grounds by Monell v. Department of Social Servs., 436 U.S. 658, 98 S. Ct. 2018, 56 L. Ed. 2d 611 (1978). Neither of the two persons named in the complaint, the owner and employee of a mechanics shop where he parked his car, are "state actors" nor were they acting under "color of state law."
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In light of the foregoing, it is respectfully RECOMMENDED that the motion for leave to proceed (doc. 2) be DENIED, and that Plaintiff's amended complaint (doc. 6), be DISMISSED for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. IN CHAMBERS at Gainesville, Florida, this 3rd day of March, 2009.
s/ A. KORNBLUM ALLAN KORNBLUM UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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