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Garrett v. People

United States District Court, Seventh Circuit

December 17, 2013

JOHNNY GARRETT, #N-20411, a/k/a JOHNNIE GARRETT, Plaintiff,
v.
ATTORNEY GENERAL, PEOPLE of the STATE of ILLINOIS, and WARDEN, Defendants.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

J. PHIL GILBERT, District Judge.

Plaintiff is currently incarcerated at Pinckneyville Correctional Center ("Pinckneyville"), where he is serving a 25-year sentence for aggravated arson. Plaintiff originally filed this pro se civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983 on November 4, 2013, in the Middle District of Florida, under Case No. 13-cv-1716. Upon examination of the complaint, the Florida court transferred the matter to this Court on November 18, 2013 (Doc. 3).

Shortly before filing the instant matter in Florida, Plaintiff filed three other actions in this Court, between October 18 and 24, 2013. Two of these were habeas corpus actions which have been dismissed ( Garrett v. Warden, et al., Case No. 13-cv-1082-DRH, dismissed Nov. 12, 2013), and ( McClain & Garrett v. Attorney General, et al., Case No. 13-cv-1103-DRH, dismissed Nov. 20, 2013). The third was a civil rights complaint, McClain & Garrett v. Attorney General, et al., Case No. 13-cv-1087-MJR, filed on October 21, 2013. The complaint in that case consisted of disjointed, vague, and general allegations of mistreatment, but failed to indicate what harms (if any) Plaintiff himself had suffered, nor did it identify any Defendant who was personally involved in any unconstitutional actions. Plaintiff's complaint in Case No. 13-1087 was dismissed, and he was granted leave to submit an amended complaint by January 6, 2014 (Doc. 8 in Case No. 13-1087, docketed Dec. 2, 2013).

The Complaint

Plaintiff's complaint in the instant action consists of ten handwritten pages. In his caption, Plaintiff lists both "District of Florida Orlando" and "Southern District of Illinois, " although he submitted the document to the Florida court (Doc. 1, p. 1). On the second page, Plaintiff includes a caption of "United States of America, Johnnie Garrett, Plaintiffs, versus United States President, White House Barack Obama" (Doc. 1, p. 2). He continues:

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