Minton et al v. The State of Idaho et al
MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER Mintun's Motion for Judicial Review (Dkt. 27 ) is GRANTED in PART and DENIED in PART consistent with the above analysis. Signed by Judge David C. Nye. (caused to be mailed to non Registered Participants at the addresses listed on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) by (jp)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF IDAHO
Case No. 1:16-cv-00367-DCN
MEMORANDUM DECISION AND
STATE OF IDAHO; BUTCH OTTER;
LAWRENCE WASDEN; HOWARD
YORDY; ERIN SMITH; WILLIAM
DARON; LOY WALDEN; ALAN
ANDERSON; SHAWNA SCOTT; SGT.
CASE; SHELL WAMBLE-FISHER;
GARRETT COBURN; RONA
SIEGERT; JANET SEYES; DAVINA
LAU; RODNEY SCHLIENZ; LT.
DIETZ; JEANETTE HUNTER; FSO
NEGEAU; FSS NEVOS; CORIZON
MEDICAL SERVICES; P.A.
BARRETT; N.P. GELOK; RYAN
VALLEY; A. WEED; JILL
WHITTINGTON; and DR.
On August 10, 2017, Plaintiff Dennis Mintun filed a motion with the Court entitled
“Motion for Judicial Review.” Dkt. 27. Although the Court did review the Motion, in its
discretion, the Court initially elected not to treat this as a formal Motion requiring a written
order; however, on August 31, 2017, Defendants filed responses to said Motion. The Court
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therefore takes this opportunity to issue the following decision GRANTING in PART and
DENYING in PART Mintun’s Motion for Judicial Review.1
In his Motion for Judicial Review, Mintun asks the Court to “review his case as
originally presented.” Dkt. 27, at 1. Mintun further states that he has “a number of issues
against the defendants, some of which were dismissed by Judge Winmill, and some of
which [he] intends to appeal . . . .” Id. Mintun is welcome to file any appeals that he is
legally entitled to file, however this Court will not change anything that has already been
ruled upon in this case. Doing so would negate all the work that has already been done, but
also give Plaintiff a “do-over” so to speak. Not only is this not fair to the Defendants in this
case, but such a course of action is not allowed by any applicable law.
Under the Prisoner Litigation Reform Act, once a complaint is filed, the Court
performs an initial review of the claims asserted by a defendant. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a).
This is done to determine the veracity of claims, which claims should be dismissed, and
which claims can move forward. Id. at (b). In this case, Judge Winmill issued an extensive
43 page Initial Review Order (Dkt. 9) shortly after this case was filed detailing the status
of the case. In that order, claims against certain Defendants were dismissed, and claims
The Court is issuing this decision without waiting for a reply from Mr. Mintun. This is not done
out of any disrespect to him, but because 1) the Court’s ruling is based upon the referenced statutes
and legal analysis and no argument could persuade the Court to deviate from the law, and 2)
because the deadlines in this case are fast approaching and waiting would only delay this case
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against other Defendants were allowed to go forward. There is nothing in the rules,
however, which allows for a second review. The transferring of a case does not change
that. When a case is transferred to a new judge for any reason, the new judge becomes
acquainted with the case and takes over moving forward. It is not the new judge’s
prerogative to overrule things previously done in a case, except in very limited
circumstances, none of which present themselves here. What has been done in this case by
the prior Judge will not be altered by this Judge.
This Motion is granted to the extent that the Court will make a full review of the
case file and all relevant documents, decisions, and motions. This Motion is denied in part,
however, because while the Court will conduct a thorough review, it does so to become
familiar with the case, not to re-do or overrule anything that has previously been done. In
particular, the Court will not conduct another review of the original complaint.
Mintun’s Motion for Judicial Review (Dkt. 27) is GRANTED in PART and
DENIED in PART consistent with the above analysis.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: September 5, 2017
Honorable David C. Nye
United States District Court
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