Stevens et al v. Animal Control Officer et al
ORDER by Judge Ronald A. White granting defendants' motion to dismiss ( 71 Motion to Dismiss Case for Failure to State a Claim) and dismissing party defendants Christi Kennedy and Jack Skeen, Jr. (lal, Deputy Clerk)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
EASTERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA
Case No. CIV-16-531-RAW
MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA ANIMAL
CONTROL, et al.,
Before the court is the motion of defendants Christi Kennedy and Jack Sheen, Jr. to
dismiss. Plaintiff, appearing pro se, alleges multiple claims pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983
against multiple defendants. Plaintiff was convicted in Texas state court for possession of
child pornography, and those convictions were recently affirmed. Stevens v. State, 2017 WL
411382 (Tex.App. - Tyler 2017). Initially, plaintiff was arrested for cruelty to animals, and
six horses that were determined to be in poor condition were moved “to another location for
treatment.” Id. at *1.
The movants are state-court judges in Texas. The complaint alleges in Claim TwentyEight that Skeen unconstitutionally issued a search warrant as to plaintiff. The same
allegation is made in Claim Thirty-Six as to a second search warrant issued by Kennedy.
Movants seek dismissal based on judicial immunity. “Judges are generally immune from
suits for money damages.” Pledger v. Russell, 2017 WL 3046004, *2 (10 th Cir.2017). That
immunity can be overcome for only two types of actions: (1) actions not taken in the judge’s
judicial capacity and (2) actions, though judicial in nature, taken in the complete absence of
all jurisdiction. Id. Clearly, neither exception applies here. The motion is granted.
It is the order of the court that the motion to dismiss (#71) is hereby granted. Christi
Kennedy and Jack Skeen, Jr. are dismissed as party defendants.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 18th day of AUGUST, 2017.
RONALD A. WHITE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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