Martin v. Mohr
Memorandum Opinion and Order For the reasons stated in the Order, this action is dismissed under section 1915A. Further, the court certifies, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an appeal from this decision could not be taken in good faith. Related document 1 . Signed by Judge Dan Aaron Polster on 2/24/2016. (K,K)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
GARY MOHR, Director, Ohio Department of
Rehabilitation and Correction,
CASE NO. 1:16 CV 382
JUDGE DAN AARON POLSTER
MEMORANDUM OF OPINION
On February 18, 2016, plaintiff pro se Robert Martin, an inmate at the Hocking Correctional
Facility, filed this civil rights action, with pendent state claims, against Ohio Department of
Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr. The complaint alleges defendant has falsely
received federal aid for interstate transfer of prisoners. Plaintiff seeks injunctive and monetary relief.
For the reasons stated below, this action is dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A.
A district court is expressly required to dismiss any civil action filed by a prisoner seeking
relief from a governmental officer or entity, as soon as possible after docketing, if the court
concludes that the complaint fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or if the plaintiff
seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. §1915A; Siller
v. Dean, No. 99-5323, 2000 WL 145167 , at *2 (6th Cir. Feb. 1, 2000).
Principles requiring generous construction of pro se pleadings are not without limits.
Beaudett v. City of Hampton, 775 F.2d 1274, 1277 (4th Cir. 1985). A complaint must contain either
direct or inferential allegations respecting all the material elements of some viable legal theory to
satisfy federal notice pleading requirements. See Schied v. Fanny Farmer Candy Shops, Inc., 859
F.2d 434, 437 (6th Cir. 1988). District courts are not required to conjure up questions never squarely
presented to them or to construct full blown claims from sentence fragments. Beaudette, 775 F.2d
at 1278. To do so would "require ...[the courts] to explore exhaustively all potential claims of a pro
se plaintiff, ... [and] would...transform the district court from its legitimate advisory role to the
improper role of an advocate seeking out the strongest arguments and most successful strategies for
a party." Id.
Even liberally construed, the complaint does not contain allegations reasonably suggesting
plaintiff might have a valid federal claim. See, Lillard v. Shelby County Bd. of Educ,, 76 F.3d 716
(6th Cir. 1996)(court not required to accept summary allegations or unwarranted legal conclusions
in determining whether complaint states a claim for relief)
Accordingly, this action is dismissed under section 1915A. Further, the court certifies,
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an appeal from this decision could not be taken in good
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ Dan Aaron Polster
DAN AARON POLSTER
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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