Jones #196605 v. Leiter et al
OPINION and ORDER TRANSFERRING CASE to the Western District of Michigan. Signed by District Judge Thomas L. Ludington. (SSch) [Transferred from Michigan Eastern on 9/10/2015.]
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
CLARK JONES, #196605,
Case No. 15-cv-13108
Honorable Thomas L. Ludington
CORRECTIONS OFFICER LEITER, et al.,
OPINION AND ORDER TRANSFERRING PLAINTIFF’S CIVIL RIGHTS
COMPLAINT TO THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Clark Jones, presently confined at the Muskegon Correctional Facility in Muskegon,
Michigan, has filed a civil rights complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The complaint claims
that defendants, two corrections officers, an inspector, and the Warden–all stationed at the
Michigan Reformatory in Ionia County–violated his constitutional rights when they were
deliberately indifferent to a threat of physical harm posed to Plaintiff by another inmate who
eventually assaulted him. For the reasons stated below, the Court will transfer this matter to the
Western District of Michigan for further proceedings.
The defendants named in the complaint reside in Ionia County, where the Michigan
Reformatory is located. The events alleged in the complaint also occurred in Ionia County. Ionia
County is located in the Western District of Michigan. The proper venue for civil actions is in the
judicial district where: (1) any defendant resides if all defendants reside in the same state; (2) a
substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred or a substantial part
of the property in question is situated; or (3) any defendant may be found if there is no other
district in which the plaintiff may bring the action. 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b). Public officials “reside”
in the county where they serve. See O’Neill v. Battisti, 472 F. 2d 789, 791 (6th Cir. 1972).
“For the convenience of parties and witnesses, in the interest of justice, a district court
may transfer any civil action to any other district or division where the action might have been
brought.” See Weatherford v. Gluch, 708 F. Supp. 818, 819 (E.D. Mich. 1988) (quoting 28
U.S.C. § 1404(a)). Venue of a lawsuit may be transferred sua sponte for the convenience of
parties or witnesses. See Sadighi v. Daghighfekr, 36 F. Supp. 2d 267, 278 (D.S.C. 1999).
The Court concludes that both for the convenience of the parties and witnesses, as well as
in the interests of justice, the present matter must be transferred to the Western District of
Michigan. This Court therefore lacks venue for the § 1983 claim against defendant. See Mihalek
Corp. v. State of Mich., 595 F. Supp. 903, 906 (E.D. Mich. 1984).
Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court TRANSFER this case to the
United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §
s/Thomas L. Ludington
THOMAS L. LUDINGTON
United States District Judge
Dated: September 8, 2015
PROOF OF SERVICE
The undersigned certifies that a copy of the foregoing order was served
upon each attorney or party of record herein by electronic means or first
class U.S. mail on September 8, 2015.
Karri Sandusky, Acting Case Manager
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