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Anthony Richardo Turner v. Susan L. Hubbard

July 30, 2012

ANTHONY RICHARDO TURNER,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
SUSAN L. HUBBARD, ET AL.,
DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Dennis L. Beck United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER DISMISSING COMPLAINT FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM WITH LEAVE TO AMEND (ECF No. 12) RESPONSE DUE WITHIN THIRTY DAYS

I. Background

Plaintiff Anthony Richardo Turner ("Plaintiff") is a prisoner in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ("CDCR"). Plaintiff is proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On October 3, 2011, Plaintiff filed his complaint. On January 12, 2012, Plaintiff filed his first amended complaint. On February 6, 2012, Plaintiff filed his second amended complaint. ECF No. 12. Pursuant to Local Rule 220, each pleading must be complete in itself without reference to a prior pleading. The Court construes Plaintiff's second amended complaint as the operative pleading.

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). "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).

A complaint must contain "a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief . . . ." Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a)(2). Detailed factual allegations are not required, but "[t]hreadbare recitals of the elements of a cause of action, supported by mere conclusory statements, do not suffice." Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009) (citing Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 555 (2007)). Plaintiff must set forth "sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to 'state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.'" Id. (quoting Twombly, 550 U.S. at 570). While factual allegations are accepted as true, legal conclusions are not. Id.

II. Summary of Second Amended Complaint

Plaintiff is incarcerated at Corcoran State Prison ("CSP") in Corcoran, California, where the events giving rise to this action occurred. Plaintiff lists over forty Defendants in the caption of his complaint.

Plaintiff alleges the following. All of the named Defendants conspired to: 1) attempt to murder Plaintiff in violation of California Penal Code sections 644/187; 2) false imprisonment in violation of California Penal Code sections 1473(a) to 1485; 3) terrorist/death threats by the IGI; 4) planting illegal weapons in Plaintiff's mail as entrapment in violation of California Penal Code sections 245, 7(1), and 4574-4575; 5) illegal wiretapping in violation of California Penal Code section 7(1) and 18 U.S.C. §§ 2518; 6) illegal computer hacking to federal court communication to change Plaintiff's custody for GBI purposes in violation of California Penal Code sections 7(1), 4575, 644/187, and 245; and 7) contempt and obstruction of state and federal court order regarding amnesty, pardon, and release from prison custody in violation of California Penal Code sections 166, 657, 96.5, and 7(1). Plaintiff alleges that these violations occurred from October 10, 2011 to December 18, 2011.

Plaintiff contends that Defendants violated Plaintiff's right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Fourth, Eighth, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth Amendments, and California Constitution Article I, section 13. Plaintiff also cites the Hobbs Act. Plaintiff requests declaratory relief, and also pardon and release from prison.

III. Analysis

A.Linkage Requirement

Plaintiff names numerous Defendants, but fails to allege any facts in support of a claim against any Defendant. Plaintiff must allege more than mere conclusory statements. Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 678. Plaintiff must allege facts which demonstrate 1) the Defendant acted under color of state law and 2) deprived Plaintiff of rights secured by the Constitution or federal statute. Long v. County of Los Angeles, 442 F.3d 1178, 1185 (9th Cir. 2006).

B.Criminal Statutes

Plaintiff lists numerous state and federal criminal statutes that were violated by Defendants. Plaintiff cannot state a cause of action for relief based on a criminal statute unless the criminal statute provides a private cause of action. Section 1983 can be used as a mechanism for enforcing the rights guaranteed by a particular federal statute only if (1) the statute creates enforceable rights and (2) Congress has not foreclosed the possibility of a ยง 1983 remedy for violations of the statute in question. Blessing v. Freestone, 520 U.S. 329, 340-41 (1997); Dittman v. California, 191 F.3d 1020, 1027-28 (9th Cir. 1999). ...


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