Blaney v. Allred Unit
MEMORANDUM OPINION REGARDING VENUE. This action should be transferred to the Northern District of Texas. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 2/17/21. (ljw, )
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
CIVIL ACTION NO. 9:21cv21
MEMORANDUM OPINION REGARDING VENUE
Plaintiff Jerry Blaney, an inmate confined at the Ellis Unit of the Texas Department of
Criminal Justice, Correctional Institutions Division, proceeding pro se, brings this civil rights
complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
The above-styled action was referred to the undersigned Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 636 and the Local Rules for the Assignment of Duties to the United States Magistrate Judge
for findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations for the disposition of the case.
Plaintiff complains of the conditions of his confinement while he was confined at the Allred
Unit in 2008.
The Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. §1981, et seq., under which this case is brought, does not
contain a specific venue provision. Accordingly, venue in civil rights cases is controlled by 28
U.S.C. § 1391. Jones v. Bailey, 58 F.R.D. 453 (N.D. Ga. 1972), aff'd per curium, 480 F.2d 805 (5th
When, as in this case, jurisdiction is not founded solely on diversity of citizenship, 28 U.S.C.
§ 1391 provides that venue is proper only in the judicial district where the defendants reside or in
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which the claim arose. Here, plaintiff complains of incidents which occurred at the Allred Unit of
the Texas Department of Criminal Justice located in Wichita County, Texas. Additionally, any
defendants are employed at the Allred Unit. When public officials are parties to an action in their
official capacities, they reside for venue purposes in the county where they perform their official
duties, which in this case is Wichita County. Holloway v. Gunnell, 685 F.2d 150 (5th Cir. 1982);
Lowrey v. Estelle, 433 F.2d 265 (5th Cir. 1976). Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 124, Wichita County is
located in the Wichita Falls Division of the United States District Court for the Northern District of
Texas. Accordingly, venue for such claims is not proper in the Eastern District of Texas.
When venue is not proper, the court “shall dismiss, or if it be in the interest of justice,
transfer such case to any district or division in which it could have been brought.” 28 U.S.C.
§ 1406(a). This action should be transferred to the Northern District of Texas. An appropriate order
so providing will be entered by the undersigned.
SIGNED this 17th day of February, 2021.
United States Magistrate Judge
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