Knittel (ID 25101) v. Schroder
NOTICE AND ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE ENTERED: Plaintiff shall show cause as directed on or before September 5, 2017. Signed by Magistrate Judge David J. Waxse on 08/09/17. Mailed to pro se party David Ray Knittel by regular mail. (smnd)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
CASE NO. 17-3132-SAC-DJW
NOTICE AND ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
This matter is a civil action filed by a prisoner in state custody. Plaintiff proceeds pro se,
and his fee status is pending.
Plaintiff presents this action as a petition for declaratory relief. The Court has examined the
pleading and construes it as an attempt to collect monetary damages from the Defendant, the
District Attorney of Reno County, due to his failure to respond to Plaintiff’s request for production
of documents and other discovery in an action brought in state court.
A federal court must conduct a preliminary review of any case in which a prisoner seeks
relief against a governmental entity or an officer or employee of such an entity. See 28 U.S.C.
§1915A(a). Following this review, the court must dismiss any portion of the complaint that is
frivolous, malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or seeks monetary
damages from a defendant who is immune from that relief. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b).
In screening, a court liberally construes pleadings filed by a party proceeding pro se and
applies “less stringent standards than formal pleadings drafted by lawyers.” Erickson v. Pardus,
551 U.S. 89, 94 (2007).
To state a claim for relief under Section 1983, a plaintiff must allege the violation of a right
secured by the Constitution and laws of the United States and must show that the alleged
deprivation was committed by a person acting under color of state law.” West v. Atkins, 487 U.S.
42, 48–49 (1988) (citations omitted).
To avoid a dismissal for failure to state a claim, a complaint must set out factual allegations
that “raise a right to relief above the speculative level.” Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S.
544, 555 (2007). The court accepts the well-pleaded allegations in the complaint as true and
construes them in the light most favorable to the plaintiff. Id. However, “when the allegations in a
complaint, however true, could not raise a [plausible] claim of entitlement to relief,” the matter
should be dismissed. Id. at 558. A court need not accept “[t]hreadbare recitals of the elements of
a cause of action supported by mere conclusory statements.” Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678
The pleading in this case identifies no ground for federal relief. Although Plaintiff includes
references to the Uniform Commercial Code and the Fair Debt Collection Act, he does not identify
any plausible basis for federal action in this matter. The state district courts manage discovery in
matters pending before them, and they may impose sanctions for the failure to comply with
In addition, Plaintiff’s attempt to characterize his pleading as an action that may proceed
under diversity jurisdiction fails. The parties to this matter reside in Kansas, and Plaintiff makes no
allegation to the contrary. See generally, McEntire v. Kmart Corp., 2010 WL 553443, at *3
(D.N.M. Feb. 9, 2010) (“[t]he Supreme Court of the United States has described th[e] statutory
diversity requirement as ‘complete diversity,’ and it is present only when no party on one side of a
dispute shares citizenship with any party on the other side of a dispute.”)
Order to Show Cause
For the reasons set forth, the Court directs Plaintiff to show cause to the Honorable Sam A.
Crow why this matter should not be dismissed for failure to state a claim for relief.
The failure to file a written, specific response waives de novo review of the matter by the
See K.S.A. 60-237, Compelling discovery; failure to comply; sanctions.
District Judge, see Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 148-53 (1985), and also waives appellate review
of factual and legal issues. Makin v. Col. Dept. of Corr., 183 F.3d 1205, 1210 (10th Cir. 1999).
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED BY THE COURT that Plaintiff shall show cause as
directed on or before September 5, 2017.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 9th day of August, 2017, at Kansas City, Kansas.
s/ David J. Waxse
DAVID J. WAXSE
U.S. Magistrate Judge
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