Brooks v. Evans et al
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS for 63 Report and Recommendations and FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiffs 60 motion for permission to file a 1982 lawsuit is DENIED and Plaintiffs 61 motion to reopen the case is hereby DENIED. Signed by Judge Michael H. Schneider on 12/23/2014. (sm, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
TIMOTHY EVANS, ET AL.
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:11cv154
MEMORANDUM ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
OF THE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
AND DENYING MOTIONS TO REFILE LAWSUIT AND REOPEN CASE
The Plaintiff Charles Brooks, proceeding pro se, filed this civil rights lawsuit under 42
U.S.C. §1983 complaining of alleged violations of his constitutional rights during his confinement
in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Correctional Institutions Division. This Court ordered
that the case be referred to the United States Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §636(b)(1) and
(3) and the Amended Order for the Adoption of Local Rules for the Assignment of Duties to United
States Magistrate Judges.
Brooks’ lawsuit complained of an alleged use of force occurring on April 23, 2011, in which
he claimed to have been assaulted by Officer Timothy Evans as part of a conspiracy between Evans
and Officer William Teftiller. The Defendants filed a motion for summary judgment contending the
use of force was reasonable and Brooks’ claims were barred by Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477
(1994) because Brooks did not show the disciplinary case he received as a result of the incident had
been expunged or otherwise set aside. The district court granted this motion based on the favorabletermination rule of Heck and Brooks’ lawsuit was dismissed on September 10, 2012.
Almost two years later, on September 5, 2014, Brooks filed a motion asking for permission
to refile his lawsuit, following this on September 15, 2014 with a motion to reopen his case. The
magistrate judge construed these as motions for relief from judgment under Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b) and
issued a Report recommending that they be denied.
Brooks filed objections to the magistrate judge’s Report contending the use of force was not
reasonable and he is no longer barred by Heck because the habeas corpus petition he filed
challenging the disciplinary case was dismissed. Brooks has not shown the disciplinary case has
been expunged, overturned, or set aside; on the contrary, the dismissal of his habeas petition
confirms that the disciplinary case is still valid, meaning the Heck bar remains in place. Wheeler
v. Spivey, 135 Fed.Appx. 702, 2005 WL 1462591 (5th Cir., June 21, 2005) (dismissal pursuant to
Heck upheld where plaintiff “has not provided evidence in support of his allegation that his
disciplinary conviction has been overturned or declared invalid”).
The Court has conducted a careful de novo review of the pleadings in this cause, the Report
of the magistrate judge, and the Plaintiff’s objections thereto. Upon such de novo review, the Court
has determined the Report of the magistrate judge is correct and the Plaintiff’s objections are without
merit. It is accordingly
ORDERED that the Plaintiff’s objections are overruled and the Report of the magistrate
judge (docket no. 63) is ADOPTED as the opinion of the District Court. It is further
ORDERED that the Plaintiff’s motion for permission to file a §1983 lawsuit (docket no. 60)
and motion to reopen the case (docket no. 61) are hereby DENIED.
SIGNED this 23rd day of December, 2014.
MICHAEL H. SCHNEIDER
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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