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O'Quinn v. Clarke

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


November 27, 2006

JEFFREY BRIAN O'QUINN PLAINTIFF,
v.
COMMISSIONER OF FAMILY COURT DIVISION 14 ANNE MARIE CLARKE, COMMISSION OF RETIREMENT, REMOVAL AND DISCIPLINE JIM SMITH, CIRCUIT ATTORNEY JENNIFER JOYCE, AND ST. LOUIS CITY CHIEF OF POLICE JOE MOKWA DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, District Judge

MEMORANDUM and ORDER

On July 14. 2006, Plaintiff Jeffrey Brian O'Quinn filed suit against the Commissioner of Family Court Division 14 Anne Marie Clarke, Commission of Retirement, Removal and Discipline Jim Smith, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and St. Louis City Chief of Police Joe Mokwa seeking to recover damages for Defendants alleged failure to respond to, investigate and act on an assault and battery claim that Plaintiff has against an individual named Fred Griffin and two unnamed others who allegedly shot at Plaintiff, causing him injury (Doc. 1). This is Plaintiff's third attempt to sue these same defendants for their alleged conduct in response to the assault by Fred Griffin on July 4, 2005.*fn1 It appears that the allegations of this complaint are the same as the allegations contained in the previous two complaints. Along with his complaint, Plaintiff has filed an application to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. 2). For the reasons set forth below, the Court denies Plaintiffs motion to proceed in forma pauperis, denies as moot the motion to appoint counsel and dismisses his cause of action.

Under the federal in forma pauperis statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1915, the Court must dismiss the action if it finds that either the allegation of poverty is untrue, or the action is (1) frivolous or malicious; (2) fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted; or (3) seeks damages from a defendant who is immune from such relief. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(A),(B)(i)-(iii). As for the "failure to state a claim" factor, the Court will apply the familiar Rule 12(b)(6) criterion that dismissal is in order if "it is clear that no relief could be granted under any set of facts that could be proved consistent with the allegations."

Because Plaintiff is proceeding pro se, the Court must construe his complaint liberally. See Donald v. Cook County Sheriff's Dept., 95 F.3d 548, 555 (7th Cir. 1996). Even viewing the complaint under this liberal standard, the Court finds that it is frivolous, fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted and is seeking damages from Defendants that are immune from suit. The Court also adopts the analyses and reasons set forth in O'Quinn v. St. Louis City Circuit Attorney, 06-CV-0314-DRH (Doc. 5) and in O'Quinn v. St. Louis City Chief of Police Mokwa, 4:05-CV-2333 (E.D. Mo.)(Limbaugh, J)(Doc. 16) in support of its conclusion to dismiss this case. Further, the Court finds that O'Quinn's cause of action against these Defendants is also barred by res judicata. See Highway J Citizens Group v. U.S. Dept. of Transp., 456 F.3d 734, 741 (7th Cir.2006) (stating requirements for res judicata).

Accordingly, the Court DENIES Plaintiff's motion to proceed in forma pauperis and DENIS as moot the motion to appoint counsel (Doc. 3). The Court DISMISSES with prejudice O'Quinn's cause of action. Also, the Court BARS O'Quinn from filing further lawsuits against these Defendants based on the issues in this case as the principle of res judicata applies. If O'Quinn is unhappy with the result of this lawsuit, he should appeal the case; not re-file the lawsuit in hopes of a different outcome.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

David R. Herndon United States District Judge


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