Abernathy v. Kral et al
Order: Plaintiff's opposition to removal (Doc. [3)] be, and the same hereby is denied. The clerk shall forthwith set this case for a telephonic status/scheduling conference. Judge James G. Carr on 11/9/17. (C,D)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
Case No.: 3:17CV1646
George Kral, et al.,
Plaintiff, whose residence DEA agents and Toledo Police Officers searched pursuant to a
warrant that, according to the government, DEA Special Agent Michael Noel obtained from a Judge
of the Toledo, Ohio, Municipal Court, initially filed this suit in the Lucas County Court of Common
Pleas to recover property seized during execution of the warrant.
The government removed the case to this court. Plaintiff, ignoring the government’s
contention that Mr. Noel, who is a defendant in this suit, is a DEA Agent, objects to the removal.
His objection, at least at this stage, is meritless: under 28 U.S.C. § 1442(a)(1) the government is
absolutely entitled to remove cases against federal officers from state to federal court.
If plaintiff can overcome the prima facie showing that Mr. Noel is a federal officer, then I
would be without jurisdiction; but that is a question for me, rather than a state court judge, to decide.
It is, therefore,
Plaintiff’s opposition to removal (Doc. 3) be, and the same hereby is denied; and
The clerk shall forthwith set this case for a telephonic status/scheduling conference.
/s/ James G. Carr
Sr. U.S. District Judge
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