Barber v. Milhiser et al
MERIT REVIEW OPINION entered by Judge Richard Mills on 2/7/2018. This case is DISMISSED pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1). Any pending motions are terminated and this case is CLOSED. (SEE WRITTEN MERIT REVIEW OPINION) (MAS, ilcd)
Friday, 09 February, 2018 10:46:43 AM
Clerk, U.S. District Court, ILCD
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
JOHN MILHISER, Sangamon County
State’s Attorney, BRIAN SHAW,
Sangamon County Assistant State’s
Attorney, MICHAEL TORCHIA,
Sangamon County Court Services Director, )
GABBY DAVID, Sangamon County
Case No. 17-3233
MERIT REVIEW OPINION
RICHARD MILLS, United States District Judge:
This cause is before the Court for merit review of the pro se Plaintiff’s
complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A.
Section 1915A requires the Court to identify cognizable claims stated by the
complaint or dismiss claims that are not cognizable. In reviewing the complaint,
the Court accepts the factual allegations as true, liberally construing them in the
Plaintiff’s favor. See Turley v. Rednour, 729 F.3d 645, 649 (7th Cir. 2013).
However, conclusory statements and labels are insufficient. “[A] complaint must
contain facts that are sufficient, when accepted as true, to ‘state a claim to relief
that is plausible on its face.’” Alexander v. United States, 721 F.3d 418, 422 (7th
Cir. 2013) (quoted citation omitted).
Following convictions in Sangamon County Circuit Court, Plaintiff Nathan
Barber is serving a sentence at the Taylorville Correctional Center. A copy of 725
ILCS 185/33 is submitted with the Plaintiff’s complaint, which states:
The Supreme Court shall pay from funds appropriated to it
for this purpose 100% of all approved costs for pretrial services,
including pretrial services officers, necessary support personnel,
travel costs reasonably related to the delivery of pretrial services,
space costs, equipment, telecommunications, postage, commodities,
printing and contractual services. Costs shall be reimbursed monthly,
based on a plan and budget approved by the Supreme Court. No
department may be reimbursed for costs which exceed or are not
provided for in the approved plan and budget. The Mandatory
Arbitration Fund may be used to reimburse approved costs for pretrial
The Plaintiff also includes as Exhibit 2 a copy of the Order of Conditions of Bond
Release entered on April 27, 2016 by the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial
Circuit of Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield, Illinois. One of those conditions
orders the Plaintiff to cooperate with GPS monitoring. The order provides GPS
monitoring is accompanied by fees of $15.00 per day and a $70.00 hook-up fee.
Another Sangamon County Circuit Court Order, which was entered on March
14, 2017, is labeled as Exhibit 3. The order notes that court previously “ordered that
$2,250.00 shall be deducted from bond posted in 15CF1309 and  be applied to pay
outstanding GPS monitoring fees of $1,870.00 and such additional fees for GPS
monitoring incurred prior to resolution of this case.” The order further directs the
Sangamon County Circuit Clerk’s office to deduct $840.00 from the Plaintiff’s bond
for additional fees incurred, in order to reimburse the Sangamon County Probation
and Court Services Department.
Another Sangamon County Circuit Court Order, which was entered on
December 19, 2016, is labeled as Exhibit 4. That order provides “defendant has
incurred an additional GPS monitoring fee in the amount of $1,060.00,” which shall
be deducted by the Sangamon County Circuit Clerk’s Office in order to reimburse
the Sangamon County Probation and Court Services Department. The court further
ordered that “the amount of bail in 15-CF-1309 and 16-CF-55 is reduced to
$207,278.00 (10%) to apply, such that Defendant remains free on bond based on the
amount of bond remaining in these matters.”
In the “Relief Requested” section of the complaint, the Plaintiff seeks
$10,000, which includes $4,600.00 reimbursement plus interest on the same. He
also seeks any and all attorney’s fees, court costs and any other appropriate damages.
The Plaintiff alleges his rights under § 1983 have been violated. However, he
does not point to any particular constitutional violation. Presumably, the Plaintiff is
alleging that requiring him to pay the costs associated with GPS hook-up and
monitoring violates his constitutional rights. However, a claim under 725 ILCS
185/33 is not a suit under § 1983 for constitutional violations. While it expresses no
view on whether the Plaintiff has asserted a viable state law claim, the Court
concludes that it lacks jurisdiction to consider the Plaintiff’s state law claim.
Because the Plaintiff has no cognizable federal claims, the Court will
dismiss the complaint for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.
Ergo, this case is Dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C § 1915A(b)(1).
The Clerk will terminate any pending motions and close this case.
ENTER: February 7, 2018
FOR THE COURT:
/s/ Richard Mills
United States District Judge
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