Knittel (ID 25101) v. Schroder
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER ENTERED: This action is dismissed without prejudice for failure to state a claim. Signed by U.S. Senior District Judge Sam A. Crow on 09/26/17. 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
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is a civil action filed by a prisoner in state custody. Plaintiff proceeds pro se
and in forma pauperis. Plaintiff filed this action as a petition for declaratory relief. (Doc. 1.)
On August 9, 2017, Magistrate Judge Waxse entered a Notice and Order to Show Cause
(“NOSC”). (Doc. 2.) In the NOSC, Magistrate Judge Waxse examined Plaintiff’s Complaint at
Doc. 1 and construed 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. Magistrate Judge Waxse found
that the Complaint identifies no ground for federal relief; and 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
Magistrate Judge Waxse also held that 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
See K.S.A. 60-237, Compelling discovery; failure to comply; sanctions.
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
The NOSC ordered Plaintiff to show cause why this matter should not be dismissed for
failure to state a claim for relief. In response to the NOSC, Plaintiff filed a new complaint as a
civil rights complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. (Doc. 4.) Plaintiff again names as the sole
defendant the District Attorney of Reno County, and claims that he failed to respond to discovery
requests, a notice of dishonor and opportunity to cure, and a notice of default, “thereby acquiescing
to a commercial lien and/or title 42 action being placed upon himself and relinquishing any state
qualified immunity.” Id. at 2. Plaintiff also alleges that Defendant did not have standing to fill
his office because he “brought forth no documentation of his oath of office, nor has defendant
produced any bond for any said oath of office.” Id. at 3. Plaintiff also alleges that summary
judgment was entered in the state court action based on an affidavit made with no personal
knowledge. Plaintiff’s new complaint fails to address the deficiencies set forth in the NOSC and
fails to set forth a ground for federal relief. The Court finds that this action fails to state a claim
for relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
IT IS THEREFORE BY THE COURT ORDERED that this action is dismissed
without prejudice for failure to state a claim.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated on this 26th day of September, 2017, in Topeka, Kansas.
s/ Sam A. Crow
SAM A. CROW
U. S. Senior District Judge
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