McKitrick v. Fry et al
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. Judge James G. Carr on 3/25/15. (C,D)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
Case No. 3:14 CV 859
Ronald A. Fry, et al.,
On April 21, 2014, plaintiff pro se Stephen McKitrick, an inmate at North Central
Correctional Institution, filed this civil rights action against defendants Ronald A. Fry, Reginald
J. Routson, Mark Miller, Drew A. Wartman, Kenneth J. Sass, and Jerry McHenry. Plaintiff
alleges in the complaint that he is incarcerated as a result of convictions in the Hancock County
Court of Common Pleas, but asserts the Ohio court lacked jurisdiction to prosecute him. He
seeks monetary damages.
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).
Plaintiff’s claims implicitly challenge the validity of his conviction and resulting
confinement. The Supreme Court has held that, when a prisoner challenges "the very fact or
duration of his physical imprisonment, ... his sole federal remedy is a writ of habeas corpus."
Preiser v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 475, 501 (1973). Further, absent allegations that criminal
proceedings terminated in plaintiff's favor or that a conviction stemming from the asserted
violation of his rights was reversed, expunged by executive order, declared invalid by a state
tribunal, or called into question by a federal court's issuance of a writ of habeas corpus, he may
not recover damages for his claim. Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477, 487 (1994).
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
/s James G. Carr
Sr. U.S. District Judge
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