Choiniere v. Duggan et al

Filing 4

Opinion and ORDER granting plaintiff's 3 Motion to Dismiss and dismissing complaint without prejudice Signed by District Judge George Caram Steeh. (DTyl)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION BRUNO CHOINIERE, #08346027 Plaintiff, Case Number: 2:08-CV-13488 Honorable George Caram Steeh Magistrate Judge Virginia M. Morgan v. PATRICK J. DUGGAN, et. al., Defendants. ______________________________/ OPINION & ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION TO VOLUNTARILY DISMISS HIS COMPLAINT WITHOUT PREJUDICE Plaintiff, Bruno Choiniere, a federal prisoner currently confined at FCI Milan in Milan, Michigan, filed a pro se civil rights complaint claiming that he has been excessively punished and subjected to bodily injury by corrupt Bureau of Prisons' employees and other government officials. Plaintiff's complaint filing was deficient because he failed to pay the $350.00 filing fee for a civil action, and further failed to apply in the manner required by law to proceed in forma pauperis. See 28 U.S.C. 1915(a)(2); McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601, 605 (6th Cir. 1997). Consequently, the Court issued an "Order of Deficiency for Prisoner Civil Action." The Deficiency Order required the Plaintiff to submit: (i) an Application for Prisoner to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees and Costs, Certification Regarding Trust Fund Account, a current Certification/Business Manager's Account Statement, and a statement of Trust Fund Account activity (or institutional equivalent) for the six-month period immediately preceding the filing of the complaint; or (ii) the $350.00 filing fee. The Deficiency Order provided that if the Plaintiff did not correct the deficiency within thirty (30) days from the date of the Deficiency Order, the complaint would be dismissed. Prior to the time for compliance with the Deficiency Order had elapsed, Plaintiff filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss his complaint without prejudice citing an error in filing the action with this Court. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(2) governs voluntary dismissals, which states in part, "an action may be dismissed at the plaintiff's request only by court order, on terms that the court considers proper." In this case, the Plaintiff is entitled to a voluntary dismissal of his complaint because there is no evidence that the defendants will suffer some plain prejudice from the dismissal. Additionally, although the Court is not making a judgment on the merits of Plaintiff's complaint, it does not appear that the named party defendants are subject to liability, nor that Plaintiff has stated a claim upon which relief can be granted. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that Plaintiff's "Motion to Dismiss this Case at Bar Without Prejudice Due to Being Filed in Error by this Court" [Dkt.# 3] is GRANTED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff's Complaint is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. Dated: February 5, 2009 S/George Caram Steeh GEORGE CARAM STEEH UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 2 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE Copies of this Order were served upon attorneys of record on February 5, 2009, by electronic and/or ordinary mail. S/Josephine Chaffee Deputy Clerk 3

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