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Goodyear v. Department of Justice

United States District Court, District Circuit

December 2, 2013

GREGORY S. GOODYEAR, Plaintiff,
v.
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, et al, Defendants.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

This matter is before the Court upon consideration of plaintiff s application to proceed in forma pauperis and his pro se complaint. The application will be granted, and the complaint will be dismissed.

Plaintiff appears to allege a conspiracy among a Florida judge, the Lee County State Attorney's Office, and officers of the Cape Coral Police Department to deprive him of his civil rights. He brings this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 18 U.S.C. §§ 841 and 842. All of the named defendants, however, are federal agencies or officials to whom § 1983 does not apply. See Settles v. U.S. Parole Comm 'n, 429 F.3d 1098, 1104 (D.C. Cir. 2005) ("Section 1983 does not apply to federal officials acting under color of federal law."); see also District of Columbia v. Carter, 409 U.S. 418, 425 (1973) (stating that "actions of the Federal Government and its officers are at least facially exempt" from the proscriptions of § 1983). Plaintiff fares no better with his purported claims under criminal law, as there is no private right of action under these criminal statutes. See McCray v. Holder, 391 F.App'x 887 (D.C. Cir. 2010) (per curiam) (concluding that "district court correctly held that there is no private right of action under 18 U.S.C. §§ 241 and 242"); Hernandez v. District of Columbia, 845 F.Supp.2d 112, 116 (D.D.C. 2012) (dismissing claims "under 18 U.S.C. §§ 241, 242, and 245 .. . as there is no private right of action under these criminal statutes").

An Order consistent with this Memorandum Opinion is issued separately.


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