Jones v. Rivera et al
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS for 7 Report and Recommendations. Signed by Judge Kathleen Cardone. (mc4, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
EL PASO DIVISION
JAMES E. JONES,
TDCJ No. 1724835,
EMMANUEL RIVERA, Correctional
Officer, Sanchez Unit, TDCJ, et al.,
ORDER ACCEPTING THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE
In a civil rights complaint brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 [ECF No. 6], Plaintiff
James E. Jones (“Jones”), a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, requests a
court-ordered investigation by the Texas Rangers or “fed[eral] internal affairs officers” into
alleged racial discrimination, sexual assaults, threats, false disciplinary cases, and interference
with mail deliveries at the Rogelio Sanchez Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.1
The United States Magistrate Judge to whom the Court referred this matter has prepared a
report and recommendation [ECF No.7].2 In his report, the Magistrate Judge recommends that
the Court dismiss Jones’s complaint. The Magistrate Judge reasons that Jones’s request for an
investigation is not cognizable in a civil rights action.
Investigations into possible criminal activities and the prosecution of state or
federal criminal offenses fall within the exclusive jurisdiction of the
executive branch of the state and federal government. . . . As such, Plaintiff’s
Pl.’s Compl. 4.
See 28 U.S.C.A § 636(b)(1)(B) (West 2012) (“[A] judge may also designate a magistrate judge
to conduct hearings, including evidentiary hearings, and to submit to a judge of the court proposed
findings of fact and recommendations for the disposition, by a judge of the court[.]”).
requested claim for relief is without an arguable basis in law and should be
The Magistrate Judge gave Jones fourteen days to file written objections to the report and
recommendation.4 A party who files timely written objections to a magistrate judge’s report is
entitled to a “de novo” review of those portions of the report to which the party objects.5 As to
other portions of the report or when a party does not file written objections, the Court applies a
“clearly erroneous, abuse of discretion and contrary to law” standard of review.6 After
completing its review, the Court may accept, reject, or modify the report, in whole or in part.7 To
date, Jones has not responded to the report.8
Report and Recommendation 4 (citing Ballard v. Alvord, No. 3:06-CV-194-N, 2006 WL
2573028, at *2 (N.D. Tex. Aug. 31, 2006); Green v. Revel, No. 2:09-CV-0147, 2010 WL 597827, at *2
(N.D. Tex. Feb. 19, 2010); Stanley v. Unknown Prison Officials, Civ. No. 07-450, 2010 WL 678690, at
*3 (W.D. La. Feb. 25, 2010)).
Id at 5.; see 28 U.S.C.A. § 636(b)(1) (“Within fourteen days after being served with a copy, any
party may serve and file written objections to such proposed findings and recommendations as provided
by rules of court.”); FED . R. CIV . P. 72(b)(2) (“Within 14 days after being served with a copy of the
recommended disposition, a party may serve and file specific written objections to the proposed findings
See 28 U.S.C.A. § 636(b)(1) (“A judge of the court shall make a de novo determination of those
portions of the report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made.”);
FED . R. CIV . P. 72(b)(3) (“The district judge must determine de novo any part of the magistrate judge’s
disposition that has been properly objected to.”).
United States v. Wilson, 864 F.2d 1219, 1221 (5th Cir. 1989) (“[T]he ‘clearly erroneous, abuse
of discretion and contrary to law’ standard of review . . . is appropriate . . . where there has been no
objection to the magistrate’s ruling.”).
See 28 U.S.C.A. § 636(b)(1) (“A judge of the court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or
in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate judge. The judge may also receive
further evidence or recommit the matter to the magistrate judge with instructions.”); FED . R. CIV . P. 72(b)
(“The district judge may accept, reject, or modify the recommended disposition; receive further evidence;
or return the matter to the magistrate judge with instructions.”).
See Rodriguez v. Bowen, 857 F.2d 275, 276-77 (5th Cir. 1988) (“[A] party is not entitled to de
novo review of a magistrate’s finding and recommendations if objections are not raised in writing by the
Accordingly, after reviewing the report, the Court finds that the Magistrate Judge’s
proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law are neither clearly erroneous nor contrary to
law.9 Therefore, the Court enters the following orders:
The Court ACCEPTS the Magistrate Judge’s report and recommendation [ECF
The Court DISMISSES WITH PREJUDICE Plaintiff James E. Jones’s
complaint for failure to state a claim on which relief may be granted, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§
1915(e)(2)(B)(ii) and 1915A(b)(1).
The Court DENIES all pending motions as moot.
The Court ADVISES Jones that this dismissal counts as a “STRIKE” pursuant to
28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).10 Accordingly, the District Clerk is DIRECTED to e-mail or otherwise
send a copy of this Order to the Office of the General Counsel for the Texas Department of
Criminal Justice and to the Pro Se Clerk for the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of Texas. Should Jones accumulate three strikes, he may be denied in forma pauperis
status, and required to pay the full filing fee, when filing additional civil actions or appeals,
unless he demonstrates that he is in imminent danger of serious physical injury.11
aggrieved party . . . after being served with a copy of the magistrate’s report.”).
Wilson, 864 F.2d at 1221.
See 28 U.S.C.A. § 1915(g) (West 2012) (“In no event shall a prisoner bring a civil action or
appeal a judgment in a civil action or proceeding under this section if the prisoner has, on 3 or more prior
occasions, while incarcerated or detained in any facility, brought an action or appeal in a court of the
United States that was dismissed on the grounds that it is frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim
upon which relief may be granted, unless the prisoner is under imminent danger of serious physical
SIGNED on this 28th day of March 2012.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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