Perez-Jacome v. United States of America et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER ENTERED: This matter is dismissed for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. Signed by Senior District Judge Sam A. Crow on 1/30/2013. (Mailed to pro se party Alberto Perez-Jacome by regular mail.) (smnd)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
CASE NO. 12-3205-SAC
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, et al.,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is a Bivens-type civil rights action filed by a
prisoner in federal custody. Plaintiff seeks the return of currency
that was the subject of a civil forfeiture action in 2006 and the return
of a vehicle that he alleges was lost due to the negligence of the
plaintiff’s residence on or about April 29, 2006.
By an earlier order, the court directed plaintiff to submit the
filing fee or a motion to proceed in forma pauperis and to show cause
why this matter should not be dismissed for failure to state a claim
for relief. Plaintiff filed a response but has not submitted the fee
or motion to proceed in forma pauperis.
In its earlier order, the court pointed out that the currency
assets in question were the subject of a civil forfeiture proceeding,
that notices were published in the Wall Street Journal on June 26,
2006, and that the motion remedy under the Civil Asset Forfeiture
Reform Act of 2000 (CAFRA) is an exclusive remedy. Plaintiff does not
respond specifically to these statements. Rather, he states that he
did not consent to the forfeiture in question, and that his vehicle,
a van, was lost due to the negligence of the defendants. He contends
this matter is subject to a three-year statute of limitations, that
it is timely, and that he is entitled to relief.
The court has examined the record carefully and concludes this
matter must be dismissed. First, plaintiff has not submitted the
filing fee or a motion to proceed in forma pauperis. Next, as set out
in the court’s earlier order, the currency assets were the subject
of a forfeiture in 2006, and plaintiff’s present action, even if
liberally construed as an appropriate motion under CAFRA, was not
filed within the five year period allowed by statute. See 18 U.S.C.
Next, there is no evidence that the van was seized, as noted in
United States of America v. Perez-Jacome, Case No. 06-20021-JWL.
Finally, to the extent plaintiff asserts a claim of negligence against
the defendants, he does not state a claim under Bivens, 1 because
negligence by a government agent or public official is insufficient
to allege the violation of a constitutional right. Daniels v.
Williams, 474 U.S. 327, 330-33 (1986).
IT IS, THEREFORE, BY THE COURT ORDERED this matter is dismissed
for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.
A copy of this order shall be transmitted to the plaintiff.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
This 30th day of January, 2013, at Topeka, Kansas.
S/ Sam A. Crow
SAM A. CROW
U.S. Senior District Judge
Contrary to plaintiff’s assertion that a three-year limitation period applies to
this matter, a Bivens action accruing in Kansas is subject to a two-year limitation
period for injury to the rights of another under state law. See K.S.A. 60-514(a)(2).
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?