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Chaderick A. Ingram v. City of Sacramento

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


September 12, 2012

CHADERICK A. INGRAM PLAINTIFF,
v.
CITY OF SACRAMENTO, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gregory G. Hollows United States Magistrate Judge

FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

This action was filed in this court on July 16, 2012. Plaintiff is proceeding in pro per, and has filed a request to proceed in forma pauperis. The court takes judicial notice of the proceedings in United States of America v. Ingram, 2:10-cr-0014 MCE-1 (E. D. Cal.) and Ingram v. Grant Joint Union High School Dist., et al., 2:08-cv-2490 KJM DAD. See Fed. R. Evid. 201. In the criminal proceedings, plaintiff herein was declared incompetent and unrestorable based on mental health issues. See case no. 2:10-cr-0014 MCE-1, dkt. nos. 32, 39, 40. In the civil action, plaintiff was represented by counsel and after the declaration of incompetence in the criminal action, a guardian ad litem was appointed. See case no. 2:08-cv-2490 KJM DAD, dkt nos. 87, 88.

In this action, plaintiff is neither represented by counsel nor has a guardian ad litem been appointed. It appears from plaintiff's pleadings that there has been no change in his mental health issues since the declaration of incompetence in the criminal proceedings. An incompetent person can only proceed if represented by counsel. Johns v. County of San Diego, 114 F. 3d 874, 877 (9th Cir. 1997) (minors must be represented by attorney); see also Meeker v. Kercher, 782 F.2d 153, 154 (10th Cir. 1986) ("it is not in the interest of minors or incompetents that they be represented by non-attorneys").

Of course, even persons with mental difficulties may have potentially meritorious claims which would merit court appointment of a public guardian and counsel. However, the undersigned has reviewed the rambling complaint in this case and finds the asserted claims to be fanciful and not worthy of appointment of a guardian/counsel.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY RECOMMENDED that this action be dismissed without prejudice.

These findings and recommendations will be submitted to the United States District Judge assigned to the case, pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l). Within fourteen days after being served with these findings and recommendations, plaintiff may file written objections with the court. The document should be captioned "Objections to Magistrate Judge's Findings and Recommendations." Plaintiff is advised that failure to file objections within the specified time may waive the right to appeal the District Court's order. Martinez v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1991).

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