MORIN v. SJOSTROM et al
ORDER OF DISMISSAL adopting 18 Report and Recommendation. Signed by JUDGE ALLEN C WINSOR on 1/7/2022. The clerk will enter a judgment that says, "This action is dismissed with prejudice because Plaintiff filed a shotgun complaint." The clerk will then close the file. (kdm)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
DOUGLAS A. MORIN,
Case No. 4:21-cv-335-AW-MAF
JONATHAN SJOSTROM, et al.,
ORDER OF DISMISSAL
Douglas Morin sued a state judge and others. ECF No. 11. Morin reports “that
the basis of the Compliant is the attempt by state actors to murder [him] . . . and that
others, et al., joined . . . to conceal or cover-up the deeds of others.” ECF No. 19 at
1. The precise basis of his claims is unclear, but the gist is that someone he thought
was a narcotics officer stabbed him, and others (including the judge) tried to cover
it all up.
The magistrate judge found Morin’s pleading was a shotgun complaint and
granted leave to amend. ECF No. 3. The magistrate judge found the amended
complaint was also a shotgun complaint, and he issued a report and recommendation
suggesting dismissal. ECF No. 18. I have considered Morin’s objections de novo,
ECF No. 19, and I agree that the complaint is a shotgun complaint subject to
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The magistrate judge also found there is judicial immunity as to the judge,
that Younger abstention and Heck v. Humphrey preclude relief, and that claims
against non-state actors (like the public defender) are not cognizable under § 1983.
ECF No. 18. Morin takes issue with these latter conclusions, saying “[t]he magistrate
judge has erred in his belief that this complaint had anything to do with what was
then a pending litigation.” ECF No. 19 at 2. If there is any confusion about what
Morin actually claims—and there is—it is because he has (twice) filed a shotgun
complaint, as the magistrate judge concluded. I therefore need not address the
magistrate judge’s conclusions about abstention, Heck, or whether certain aspects of
Morin’s claims are cognizable under § 1983. I will dismiss based solely on the fact
that Morin has filed a shotgun complaint. And because he was already alerted to the
deficiencies and given an opportunity to amend, this dismissal will be with prejudice.
It is now ORDERED:
The Report and Recommendation (ECF No. 18) is adopted and
incorporated into this order to the extent it concludes dismissal is appropriate
because Morin filed a shotgun complaint.
The clerk will enter a judgment that says, “This action is dismissed with
prejudice because Plaintiff filed a shotgun complaint.”
The clerk will then close the file.
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SO ORDERED on January 7, 2022.
s/ Allen Winsor
United States District Judge
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