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Haley v. Gotshall

United States District Court, N.D. California

April 2, 2015

RICHARD GEORGE HALEY, Plaintiff,
v.
THOMAS GOTSHALL, Defendant.

ORDER OF SERVICE

WILLIAM ALSUP, District Judge.

INTRODUCTION

This is a pro se civil rights complaint under 42 U.S.C. 1983 filed by an inmate at the Sonoma County Jail against an Assistant District Attorney, Thomas Gotshall, who is prosecuting criminal charges against plaintiff. For the reasons discussed below, the complaint is ordered served upon defendant.

DISCUSSION

A. STANDARD OF REVIEW

Federal courts must engage in a preliminary screening of cases in which prisoners seek redress from a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity. 28 U.S.C. 1915A(a). In its review the court must identify any cognizable claims, and dismiss any claims which are frivolous, malicious, fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or seek monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. Id. at 1915A(b)(1), (2).

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8(a)(2) requires only "a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief." "Specific facts are not necessary; the statement need only "give the defendant fair notice of what the.... claim is and the grounds upon which it rests."'" Erickson v. Pardus, 127 S.Ct. 2197, 2200 (2007) (citations omitted). Although in order to state a claim a complaint "does not need detailed factual allegations, ... a plaintiff's obligation to provide the grounds of his entitle[ment] to relief' requires more than labels and conclusions, and a formulaic recitation of the elements of a cause of action will not do.... Factual allegations must be enough to raise a right to relief above the speculative level." Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 127 S.Ct. 1955, 1964-65 (2007) (citations omitted). A complaint must proffer "enough facts to state a claim for relief that is plausible on its face." Id. at 1974. Pro se pleadings must be liberally construed. Balistreri v. Pacifica Police Dep't, 901 F.2d 696, 699 (9th Cir. 1990).

To state a claim under 42 U.S.C. 1983, a plaintiff must allege two essential elements: (1) that a right secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States was violated, and (2) that the violation was committed by a person acting under the color of state law. West v. Atkins, 487 U.S. 42, 48 (1988).

B. LEGAL CLAIMS

Plaintiff alleges that defendant Thomas Gotshall filed charges against him for identity theft under California Penal Code Section 530.5. He alleges that before trial began, Mr. Gotshall prevented him from selling a company he owned, and made false entries into a database that resulted in plaintiff being unable to obtain a bond for purposes of bail. or being released on bail. He seeks money damages and injunctive relief. When liberally construed, plaintiff's claims are cognizable.

CONCLUSION

For the reasons set out above, it is hereby ordered as follows:

1. The clerk shall issue summons and the United States Marshal shall serve, without prepayment of fees, a copy of the complaint with all attachments thereto, and a copy of this order upon defendant Assistant District Attorney Thomas Gotshall at Sonoma County District Attorney's Office. A courtesy copy of the complaint with ...


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