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Griggs v. State

United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana, Shreveport Division

November 21, 2014

ANTONIO L. GRIGGS A/K/A ANTONIO GRIGGS-BEY
v.
STATE OF LOUISIANA

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

MARK L. HORNSBY, Magistrate Judge.

In accordance with the standing order of this court, this matter was referred to the undersigned Magistrate Judge for review, report, and recommendation.

STATEMENT OF CLAIM

Before the court is a civil action filed by pro se plaintiff Antonio L. Griggs A/K/A Antonio Griggs-Bey ("Petitioner"), pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1361. This complaint was received and filed in this court on June 12, 2014. Petitioner names the State of Louisiana as defendant.

Petitioner seeks a writ of mandamus to order Shreveport City Court Judge Pamela Lattier to enforce a default judgment filed on June 4, 2014. Mandamus relief is available "to compel an officer or employee of the United States or any agency thereof to perform a duty owed to the plaintiff." 28 U.S.C. § 1361. However, it is well settled that federal courts have no general power to compel action by state officials. See Davis v. Lansing, 851 F.2d 72, 74 (2d Cir. 1988); Van Sickle v. Holloway, 791 F.2d 1431, 1436 n.5 (10th Cir. 1986); Russell v. Knight, 488 F.2d 96, 97 (5th Cir. 1973); Haggard v. State of Tennessee, 421 F.2d 1384, 1386 (6th Cir. 1970). Because Defendants are not federal officers, employees or agencies, this court lacks jurisdiction to issue a writ of mandamus to compel them to perform an alleged duty. See 28 U.S.C. § 1361.

Accordingly,

IT IS RECOMMENDED that Petitioner's action be DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE for lack of jurisdiction.

OBJECTIONS

Under the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C) and Fed.R.Civ.P. 72(b), parties aggrieved by this recommendation have fourteen (14) days from service of this Report and Recommendation to file specific, written objections with the Clerk of Court, unless an extension of time is granted under Fed.R.Civ.P. 6(b). A party may respond to another party's objections within ten (10) days after being served with a copy thereof. Counsel are directed to furnish a courtesy copy of any objections or responses to the District Judge at the time of filing.

A party's failure to file written objections to the proposed findings, conclusions and recommendation set forth above, within fourteen (14) days after being served with a copy shall bar that party, except upon grounds of plain error, from attacking on appeal the proposed factual findings and legal conclusions that were accepted by the district court and to which the aforementioned party did not object. See Douglas v. U.S.A.A., 79 F.3d 1415 (5th Cir. 1996) (en banc).


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