Clark v. State of Nebraska et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that: Plaintiff shall have 30 days from the date of this Memorandum and Order to file an amended Complaint that clearly states a claim upon which relief may be granted. If Plaintiff fails to file an amended complaint, Plaintiff's claims against Defendants will be dismissed without further notice. The Clerk of Court is directed to set a pro se case management deadline in this case using the following text: January 16, 2015: Check for amend ed complaint. Plaintiff shall keep the court informed of his current address at all times while this case is pending. Failure to do so may result in dismissal without further notice. Plaintiff's Motion to Appoint Counsel (Filing No. 6 ) is denied without prejudice. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (Copy mailed to pro se party)(TCL)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
KENNETH W. CLARK,
STATE OF NEBRASKA, ROBERT
OTTE, Judge, MOORE, Judge, JEFF
CHEVRON, Court of appeal,
STEVEN BURNS, Judge, GALE
POKORAY, Judge, PUBLIC
DEFENDER OFFICE, YARDLEY,
Judge, DISTRICT AND COUNTY
ATTORNEY REGIONAL CENTER,
TROY HAWKS, administration of
Nebraska, and DR. MOORE,
Lancaster county jail,
Plaintiff filed his Complaint (Filing No. 1) on September 25, 2014. Plaintiff has
been given leave to proceed in forma pauperis. The court now conducts an initial
review of the Complaint to determine whether summary dismissal is appropriate under
28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2).
I. SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT
Plaintiff, a nonprisoner, filed his Complaint against numerous state court judges,
the State of Nebraska, the Public Defender’s Office, the “district and county attorney
regional center,” and the “Lancaster police Department commission.” His allegations
are nonsensical. The following excerpt is taken from Plaintiff’s Complaint:
Violation of conflic of interes holding inmates over statue limitation cruel
punishmen false imprisonmen slender and perjury and cover up evidence
and make me take medicaiton that made be sick and you have to be able
when you go to trial the bill of rights of the civil of the civil law is a fair
trial out of all the amendment there are evidence . . . I got bit by a pitbull
I was a victim and they still charge me and the owner of the dog case
CR096479 violation conflict of interest cruel punishment prisonerment
false imprisonment breaking and apartment out a search warrant and
slander . . .
(Filing No. 1 at CM/ECF pp. 2-3.)
Plaintiff alleged his claims arise under the Constitution, laws or treaties of the
United States and that his civil rights have been violated. (Id. at CM/ECF p. 4.) For
relief, Plaintiff asks the court to “press charges of harassment.” (Id. at CM/ECF p. 5.)
He also seeks 10 million dollars for his pain, and for the court to order Defendants to
pay his “dog bite bills” and his attorney. (Id. at CM/ECF p. 4.)
II. APPLICABLE LEGAL STANDARDS ON INITIAL REVIEW
The court is required to review in forma pauperis complaints to determine
whether summary dismissal is appropriate. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2). The court must
dismiss a complaint or any portion thereof that states a frivolous or malicious claim, that
fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or that seeks monetary relief
from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B).
Pro se plaintiffs must set forth enough factual allegations to “nudge their claims
across the line from conceivable to plausible,” or “their complaint must be dismissed”
for failing to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. Bell Atlantic Corp. v.
Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 569-70 (2007); see also Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678
(2009) (“A claim has facial plausibility when the plaintiff pleads factual content that
allows the court to draw the reasonable inference that the defendant is liable for the
misconduct alleged.”). Regardless of whether a plaintiff is represented or is appearing
pro se, the plaintiff’s complaint must allege specific facts sufficient to state a claim. See
Martin v. Sargent, 780 F.2d 1334, 1337 (8th Cir. 1985). However, a pro se plaintiff’s
allegations must be construed liberally. Burke v. North Dakota Dep’t of Corr. &
Rehab., 294 F.3d 1043, 1043-44 (8th Cir. 2002) (citations omitted).
III. DISCUSSION OF CLAIMS
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8 requires that pleadings contain “short and plain
statement[s]” of the grounds for the court’s jurisdiction and of the claim showing that
the plaintiff is entitled to relief. Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a). Even when liberally construed,
Plaintiff’s Complaint raises no claims and makes no allegations against any Defendant.
Thus, Plaintiff’s Complaint fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.
On the court’s own motion, Plaintiff shall have 30 days in which to file an
amended complaint that sufficiently describes his claims against Defendants. Plaintiff
should be mindful to explain what Defendants did to him, when Defendants did it, how
Defendants’ actions harmed him, and what specific legal right Plaintiff believes
Defendants violated. If Plaintiff fails to file an amended complaint in accordance with
this Memorandum and Order, Plaintiff’s claims against Defendants will be dismissed
without prejudice and without further notice.
IV. MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL
Plaintiff has filed a motion seeking the appointment of counsel. (Filing No. 6.)
The court cannot routinely appoint counsel in civil cases. In Davis v. Scott, 94 F.3d
444, 447 (8th Cir. 1996), the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals explained that “[i]ndigent
civil litigants do not have a constitutional or statutory right to appointed
counsel. . . . The trial court has broad discretion to decide whether both the plaintiff and
the court will benefit from the appointment of counsel . . . .” Id. (quotation and citation
omitted). No such benefit is apparent here at this time. Thus, the request for the
appointment of counsel is denied without prejudice to reassertion.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that:
Plaintiff shall have 30 days from the date of this Memorandum and Order
to file an amended Complaint that clearly states a claim upon which relief may be
granted. If Plaintiff fails to file an amended complaint, Plaintiff’s claims against
Defendants will be dismissed without further notice.
The Clerk of Court is directed to set a pro se case management deadline
in this case using the following text: January 16, 2015: Check for amended complaint.
Plaintiff shall keep the court informed of his current address at all times
while this case is pending. Failure to do so may result in dismissal without further
Plaintiff’s Motion to Appoint Counsel (Filing No. 6) is denied without
DATED this 15th day of December, 2014.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Joseph F. Bataillon
Senior United States District Judge
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