Name of Assigned Judge Sitting Judge if Other or Magistrate Judge ROBERT W. GETTLEMAN than Assigned Judge
This action is transferred to the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois (Urbana Division) for imposition of an initial filing fee and whatever other action the transferee court deems appropriate. The clerk shall not issue summonses unless the transferee court so directs. The case and all pending motions are terminated on this court's docket.
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The plaintiff, currently a federal prisoner at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, has brought this pro se civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff claims that the Kankakee County Sheriff violated the plaintiff's constitutional rights by acting with deliberate indifference to his safety while the plaintiff was confined at the Kankakee County Jail in June 2008. More specifically, the plaintiff alleges that the defendant ignored warnings that the plaintiff's cellmate was threatening him, thereby failing to prevent a brutal assault. The plaintiff additionally maintains that the Kankakee County State's Attorney refused to press criminal charges against the alleged assailant. Without expressing an opinion as to the merits of the complaint, the court finds that venue does not lie in this judicial district.
Under 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b), a civil rights action under Section 1983 may be brought only in: (1) a judicial district where any defendant resides, if all defendants reside in the same state, (2) a judicial district in which a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred, or a substantial part of property that is the subject of the action is situated, or (3) a judicial district in which any defendant may be found, if there is no district in which the action may otherwise be brought.
The court discerns no basis for venue in this district. The events giving rise to this lawsuit took place at the Kankakee County Jail. Kankakee County is situated in the Central District of Illinois federal judicial district.
See 28 U.S.C. § 93(b). Presumably, both of the defendants can be found in that district. Venue does, therefore, exist in the Central District of Illinois and, given the particulars of this case, that district is clearly the most convenient forum for this action.
For the foregoing reasons, this action is transferred to the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois at Urbana pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a) for imposition of an initial filing fee and whatever other action the transferee court deems appropriate. The clerk shall not issue summonses unless the transferee court so directs.
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