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Hill v. Traxler

United States District Court, District Circuit

July 9, 2013

DAVID E. HILL, Plaintiff,
v.
TRAXLER, CHIEF JUDGE, et al, Defendants.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

This matter comes before the Court on review of the plaintiffs application to proceed in forma pauperis and pro se civil complaint. The Court will grant the application, and dismiss the complaint.

The plaintiff purports to bring a civil rights action under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388 (1971), against judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Generally, he alleges that he did not receive the speedy trial to which he was entitled under the Interstate Agreement on Detainers, the Speedy Trial Act, and the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. He demands a declaratory judgment and, among other relief, reinstatement of his direct appeal to the Fourth Circuit.

The defendants to this action are immune from suit. See Bolin v. Story, 225 F.3d 1234, 1242 (11th Cir. 2000) (per curiam) (affirming dismissal of Bivens claims for injunctive relief against defendant federal judges); Edmonson v. Lee, No. 08cvl49, 2008 WL 2080912, at *3 (S.D.Miss. May 9, 2008) (dismissing as frivolous complaint by state prisoner against federal judges because "the judicial Defendants are absolutely immune from suit for monetary damages as well as equitable relief); Wightman v. Jones, 809 F.Supp. 474, 479 (N.D. Tex. 1992) (concluding that judicial immunity bars Bivens claims against judges seeking both declaratory and equitable relief). Furthermore, where the plaintiff complains of acts which were subject to appellate review, he has "a remedy at law, which precludes the equitable relief he now seeks." Mehdipour v. Purcell, 173 F.Supp.2d 1165, 1167 (W.D. Okla. 2001) (citing Switzer v. Coon, 261 F.3d 885, 990-91 (10th Cir. 2001)), aff'd, 62 F.App'x 203 (10th Cir.), cert, denied, 540 U.S. 1056 (2003). "Independent lawsuits against presiding judges are not the appropriate vehicle for disgruntled litigants to obtain a reversal of adverse judgments." Rutherford v. U.S. District Courts, No. 10-2801, 2010 WL 3807017, at *1 (E.D. La. Sept. 2, 2010) (citation omitted), adopted, 2010 WL 3800921 (E.D. La. Sept. 21, 2010).

The Court will grant the plaintiffs application to proceed in forma pauperis and will dismiss the complaint for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. See 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915(e)(2)(B), 1915A(b). An Order consistent with this Memorandum Opinion is issued separately.


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