Newman v. Grzegorek et al
OPINION AND ORDER dismissing case. Signed by Judge Jon E DeGuilio on 1/9/18. (Copy mailed to pro se party)(ksp)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
SOUTH BEND DIVISION
DANIEL BOONE NEWMAN,
MICHAEL D. GRZEGOREK, et al.,
CAUSE NO. 3:17-CV-692-JD-MGG
OPINION AND ORDER
Daniel Boone Newman, a prisoner without a lawyer, has filed a complaint. “A document
filed pro se is to be liberally construed, and a pro se complaint, however inartfully pleaded, must
be held to less stringent standards than formal pleadings drafted by lawyers.” Erickson v. Pardus,
551 U.S. 89, 94 (2007). Nevertheless, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A, the court must review the
merits of a prisoner complaint and dismiss it if the action is frivolous or malicious, fails to state a
claim, or seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief. In order to
state a claim under [42 U.S.C.] § 1983 a plaintiff must allege: (1) that defendants deprived him of
a federal constitutional right; and (2) that the defendants acted under color of state law.” Savory v.
Lyons, 469 F.3d 667, 670 (7th Cir. 2006).
Newman alleges that he is housed as a pretrial detainee in the medical wing at the St. Joseph
County Jail, where he is locked in his cell for 23 hours per day. He alleges that the St. Joseph
County Jail’s policies discriminate against physically disabled inmates by denying them privileges
afforded to other inmates. This is not the only time Newman has filed a claim regarding such
policies at the St. Joseph County Jail. He is currently proceeding on similar claims in Newman v.
Grzegorek, 3:17-cv-691 (N.D. Ind. filed September 11, 2017). In both cases, Newman seeks
money damages and injunctive relief for additional privileges.
“The district court has broad discretion to dismiss a complaint for reasons of wise judicial
administration whenever it is duplicative of a parallel action already pending in another federal
court.” McReynolds v. Merrill Lynch & Co., 694 F.3d 873, 888–89 (7th Cir. 2012). “A suit is
duplicative if the claims, parties, and available relief do not significantly differ between the two
actions.” Id. Because it is legally frivolous for Newman to proceed on a claim in this case that
duplicates one he is already pursuing in another case, this case is dismissed.
Although it is usually necessary “to give pro se litigants one opportunity to amend after
dismissing a complaint[,] that’s unnecessary where, as here, it is certain from the face of the
complaint that any amendment would be futile or otherwise unwarranted.” Carpenter v. PNC
Bank, Nat. Ass’n, 633 Fed. Appx. 346, 348 (7th Cir. Feb. 3, 2016) (quotation marks omitted). See
Luevano v. Wal-Mart, 722 F.3d 1014 (7th Cir. 2013); Hukic v. Aurora Loan Servs., 588 F.3d 420,
432 (7th Cir. 2009) (“[C]ourts have broad discretion to deny leave to amend where . . . the
amendment would be futile.”).
For these reasons, this case is DISMISSED.
ENTERED: January 9, 2018
/s/ JON E. DEGUILIO_____
United States District Court
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