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Rowland v. Huvelle

United States District Court, District of Columbia

May 28, 2014

DAVONTA MELVIN ROWLAND, Plaintiff,
v.
HONORABLE ELLEN SEGAL HUVELLE, Defendant.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

BERYL A. HOWELL, District Judge.

This matter is before the Court on the plaintiff's application to proceed in forma pauperis and his pro se complaint. The Court grants the application and dismisses the complaint with prejudice.

Generally, the plaintiff faults the Hon. Ellen Segal Huvelle for having dismissed cases he previously filed in this Court. He accuses Judge Huvelle of "malpractice legal, false accusations, abuse of process and libel and slander [and] gender discrimination." Compl. at 1. For this allegedly "unconstitutional federal judge behavior, " the plaintiff "demands judgment against defendant in the sum of $8, 000, 000, 000, 000.00 with interest and costs." Id.

Judge Huvelle enjoys absolute immunity from liability for damages for acts taken in her judicial capacity. See Mirales v. Waco, 502 U.S. 9 (1991) (finding that "judicial immunity is an immunity from suit, not just from ultimate assessment of damages"); Forrester v. White, 484 U.S. 219, 226-27 (1988) (discussing "purposes served by judicial immunity from liability in damages"); Stump v. Sparkman, 435 U.S. 349, 364 (1978) (concluding that state judge was "immune from damages liability even if his [decision] was in error"); Pierson v. Ray, 386 U.S. 547, 553-54 (1967) ("Few doctrines were more solidly established at common law than the immunity of judges from liability for damages for acts committed within their judicial jurisdiction, as this Court recognized when it adopted the doctrine, in Bradley v. Fisher, 13 Wall. 335, 20 L.Ed. 646 (1872)."). Accordingly, the Court will dismiss this action with prejudice. See 28 U.S.C. ยง 1915(e)(2)(B)(iii).

An Order consistent with this Memorandum Opinion is issued separately.


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