Jackson v. Texas Dept. Of Criminal Justice et al
MEMORANDUM. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 4/27/2015. (kw2s, Deputy Clerk) (C/M 4/28/15)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MARYLAND
JAMES ANTHONY JACKSON, #1883042
Also known as Travis M. Fullard
CIVIL ACTION NO. PWG-15-348
TEXAS DEPT. OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
MARK STILE UNIT, WARDEN SIRINGI
James Anthony Jackson, also known as Travis Fullard, is being held in the Mark W. Stiles
Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice ("TDCJ") in Beaumont, Texas. 1 On February 2,
2015, he filed a document with the Court captioned as an "Injunction," which seeks a court order to
have defendants show cause why they should not release his personal property to him, to stop them
from withholding the property, and to have them deliver it into the possession of plaintiff. ECF No.
1. Plaintiff claims that he was transferred to Texas in October of2013, without his personal inmate
He states that he was informed that his property was mailed to his current place of
confinement in September of 20 14. Jackson Decl., ECF NO.1-I. Plaintiff complains that despite
his filing grievances regarding the receipt of his property, he has not received a response and no
Plaintiff was transferred to Texas from the Maryland Division of Corrections under the
Interstate Corrections Compact. ECF No. I at pg. 3.
official in the TDCJ has made "any attempt to locate the whereabouts of [his] personal property.,,2
Under 28 U.S.C.
district courts are required to screen all civil cases brought by
inmates. See Williamson v. Angelone, 197 F. Supp. 2d 476, 478 (E.D. Va. 2001); see also McGore v.
Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601, 608 (6th Cir. 1997).
In conducting this review, courts should
examine venue and jurisdiction, identify any cognizable claims, and dismiss any claims that are
frivolous, malicious, fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or seek monetary relief
from a defendant who is immune from such relief. The screening is necessary to determine whether
should be required to respond to the action.
To the extent that plaintiff seeks injunctive relief against Texas defendants under 42 U .S.C.
1983, there is no proper basis for venue in this District as no defendant resides in Maryland, no
substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claims arose in Maryland, all the claims
in this case are based upon conduct in Texas where defendants reside, and personal jurisdiction over
defendants rests in Texas. See 28 U.S.c.
1391(b). The Court will dismiss the complaint without
prejudice by separate Order.3
Plaintiff claims that on December 10,2014, he was informed that his property was located at
the Byrd Intake Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Compi. 5.
Plaintiffs "Injunction" was not accompanied by the filing fee or in forma pauperis motion. In
light of the dismissal of this case, he shall not be required to cure this deficiency.
Assuming he has set out viable grounds under ~ 1983, plaintiff may refile his case, along
with an underlying complaint4 and the filing fee or indigency motion, in the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Jack Brooks Federal Building and United States Courthouse,
300 Willow Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701.
Paul W. Gri m
United States District Judge
The plaintiff presents his claims only as an "Injunction," but without a complaint and
preliminary injunction, a temporary restraining order would serve no purpose. An injunction without an
underlying cause of action would be useless in this case. For this reason, the document filed by plaintiff was
liberally construed to be a complaint requesting temporary injunctive relief. It is unclear whether other district
courts would accept such a document for filing without a complaint and filing fee or indigency motion.
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?