UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
March 14, 2012
CLARENCE LEON DEWS,
KERN RADIOLOGY MEDICAL GROUP, INC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Michael J. Seng United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR DEFAULT (ECF NO. 5)
Clarence Leon Dews ("Plaintiff") is a state prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil rights action filed on February 21, 2012 pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff filed a First Amended Complaint on March 2, 2012. The Court has yet to screen the First Amended Complaint or order service.
Before the Court is Plaintiff's Declaration for Entry of Default which the Court construes as a motion for entry of Defendants' default. (ECF No. 5.)
Plaintiff alleges that Defendants have been served in this matter and not timely responded. This is not the case.
The Court is required to screen complaints brought by prisoners seeking relief against a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a). The Court must dismiss a complaint or portion thereof if the prisoner has raised claims that are legally "frivolous or malicious," that fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or that seek monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1),(2). The Court will direct the United States Marshal to serve Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint only after the Court has screened it and determined that it contains cognizable claims for relief against the named Defendants. "Notwithstanding any filing fee, or any portion thereof, that may have been paid, the court shall dismiss the case at any time if the court determines that ... the action or appeal ... fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted." 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii).
Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint is in line for screening. However, the Court has a large number of prisoner civil rights cases pending before it and will screen Plaintiff's Complaint in due course. At this stage in the proceedings, Plaintiff has not stated any claim for relief which is cognizable under federal law.*fn1 As a result, the Court has no pending case in which to assert jurisdiction and award relief.
Until such time as the Court has screened Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint, no further action is required.
Accordingly, Plaintiff's Declaration for Entry of Default construed as a motion for entry of Defendants' default (ECF No. 5) is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.