Dicks v. Cook et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's motion to proceed in forma pauperis [Doc. #4] is DENIED AS MOOT. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk shall provide plaintiff with summons so that he may effectuate service on defendants in this action. Signed by District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr on 5/30/2014. (summoms forwarded to Keith Dicks)(JMC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
KEITH EDWARD DICKS,
GINA COOK, et al.,
No. 1:14CV0011 SNLJ
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court upon the motion of Keith Dicks for leave to commence this
action without prepayment of the filing fee pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ' 1915. [Doc. #4]
Plaintiff brings this action under 42 U.S.C. ' 1983 for alleged deprivations of his Fifth
Amendment right to be free from self-incrimination. Plaintiff also appears to be asserting that he
was unlawfully terminated in violation of his rights under § 1983. In addition, plaintiff asserts
that defendants violated his rights under Garrity v. New Jersey, 385 U.S. 493 (1967).
Named as defendants are three employees of the Missouri Department of Corrections,
Division of Probation and Parole: Caroline Coulter, Attorney; Gina Cook, Investigator; Michael
Lawzano; Supervisor. Plaintiff seeks monetary and injunctive relief. Plaintiff names defendants
in their individual capacities only.
Plaintiff alleges that he formerly worked for the Missouri Department of Corrections,
Division of Probation and Parole, as a Probation and Parole Assistant. Plaintiff says he was
falsely accused of giving tobacco to a minor in the institution he was working at in Poplar Bluff,
Missouri. Plaintiff asserts that he was informed that he was the subject of an investigation by
defendant Cook regarding the alleged incident. Plaintiff states that prior to the start of the inquiry
he was informed by defendant Cook that he was required to answer questions related to the
investigation or he would face disciplinary action up to and including termination from
employment. He claims that he was told that the investigation was administrative in nature and that
nothing learned from this investigation could be used in criminal proceedings.
Plaintiff states that despite denying the incident, Cook told him that she had a video that
showed him dropping a cigarette on the floor in front of a minor resident, after which time the
resident slid down the wall and picked it up. Plaintiff claims that although he was never shown
the video he was placed on administrative leave and eventually his employment was terminated.
Plaintiff appealed the decision to the Missouri Board of Appeals and filed for unemployment
Plaintiff alleges that three days before the hearing in front of the Missouri Board of
Appeals he received a large package of documents from defendant Coulter. Plaintiff says that one
of the documents informed him that the investigation into the allegations that he had provided
tobacco to a minor was actually criminal in nature and that the evidence supported a finding that
plaintiff had committed a crime. Plaintiff claims that the documents further informed him that the
case was referred for criminal prosecution. Plaintiff states he never gave any evidence in a
criminal matter, and that the video actually exonerated him. He asserts that Coulter’s response to
his statement that his rights had been violated was that it “didn’t matter” because he had “admitted
the offense.”1 Plaintiff denies her statement.
Plaintiff brought a prior action relating to the same allegations in this Court, see Dicks v.
Plaintiff says defendant Coulter did finally read him the Garrity 2 warning before
questioning him at the appeal hearing.
On May 21, 2014, plaintiff paid the full amount of the filing fee in this case. As
such, plaintiff’s motion to proceed in forma pauperis will be denied, as moot. Moreover,
because plaintiff has paid the full amount of the filing fee he will be solely responsible for
effectuating service of process in this action. Although defendants are employees of the
State of Missouri, he has named them in their individual capacities and they should be
personally served with process in compliance with Fed.R.Civ.P.4.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff=s motion to proceed in forma pauperis [Doc.
#4] is DENIED AS MOOT.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk shall provide plaintiff with summons so that
he may effectuate service on defendants in this action.
Dated this 30th day of May, 2014.
STEPHEN N. LIMBAUGH, JR.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
McSwain, 1:12CV100 SNLJ (E.D.Mo.), and the Court takes judicial notice of the allegations
contained in that action.
Garrity v. New Jersey, 385 U.S. 493 (1967) (the Fifth Amendment prohibits public employers
from requiring public employees to either forfeit their jobs or incriminate themselves).
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