Henderson v. Burnside et al
Opinion & Order signed by Judge James S. Gwin on 8/24/17 dismissing this action for the reasons set forth in this order. Further, to the extent plaintiff seeks release from his current confinement, his sole federal remedy is a writ of habeas corpus. (D,MA)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
ANTONIO L. HENDERSON,
JANET R. BURNSIDE, Judge, et al.,
CASE NO. 1:17 CV 967
JUDGE JAMES S. GWIN
OPINION & ORDER
On May 8, 2017, Plaintiff pro se Antonio L. Henderson, an inmate at the Cuyahoga County
Jail, filed this civil rights action against Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Janet R. Burnside
and Attorney Aaron Brockler. Plaintiff alleges Judge Burnside, who is presiding over pending
criminal charges against him, is “too emotionally attached to the accusations,” and that Attorney
Brockler is being forced on him. Plaintiff further alleges he is a corporation in good standing. As
relief, he would like to common pleas court to identify itself a legitimate jurisdiction so he can
receive a fair trial. Plaintiff also seeks Judge Burnside’s recusal from his case.
Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8(a)(2), a pleading must contain a “short and plain
statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief.” Ashcroft v. Iqbal , 556 U.S. 662,
678 (2009). The pleading standard Rule 8 announces does not require “detailed factual allegations,”
but it demands more than an unadorned, the-defendant-unlawfully-harmed-me accusation. Id. A
pleading that offers “labels and conclusions” or “a formulaic recitation of the elements of a cause
of action will not do.” Id. Nor does a complaint suffice if it tenders naked assertion devoid of
further factual enhancement. Id. It must contain sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to “state
a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.” Id. 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. Id. The plausibility standard is not akin to a “probability
requirement,” but it asks for more than a sheer possibility that a defendant has acted unlawfully. Id.
Where a complaint pleads facts that are “merely consistent with” a defendant's liability, it “stops
short of the line between possibility and plausibility of ‘entitlement to relief.’ ” Id.
Even liberally construed, the Complaint does not contain allegations reasonably suggesting
Plaintiff might have a valid 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), and the Court finds this case is therefore
appropriately subject to summary dismissal. See, Apple v. Glenn, 183 F.3d 477, 479 (6th Cir.
1999)(complaint may be summarily dismissed when claim is not arguably plausible). Further, to
extent he seeks release from his current confinement, his sole federal remedy is a writ of habeas
corpus. Preiser v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 475 (1973).
Accordingly, this action is dismissed.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: August 24, 2017
James S. Gwin
JAMES S. GWIN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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