211 F.Supp. 199 (W.D.Pa. 1962), Civ. A. 61-737, United States ex rel. Hoge v. Bolsinger

Docket NºCiv. A. 61-737
Citation211 F.Supp. 199
Party NameUnited States ex rel. Hoge v. Bolsinger
Case DateFebruary 12, 1962
CourtUnited States District Courts, 3th Circuit

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211 F.Supp. 199 (W.D.Pa. 1962)

UNITED STATES of America ex rel. Ralph J. HOGE, Plaintiff,

v.

Patrick N. BOLSINGER, Prothonotary, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, WesternDistrict at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Miriam A. Greenawalt, DeputyProthonotary, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Middle District at Harrisburg,Pennsylvania, James F.Maroney, Superintendent, Western State Penitentiary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,Defendants.

Civ. A. No. 61-737.

United States District Court, W.D. Pennsylvania.

Feb. 12, 1962

No appearance for Ralph J. Hoge.

Frank P. Lawley, Jr., Deputy Atty. Gen., Harrisburg, Pa., for defendants in all three cases.

MARSH, District Judge.

The plaintiff, Ralph J. Hoge, an inmate at Western State Penitentiary, filed a complaint at No. 61-737 entitled 'Petition for Writs of Declaratory Judgment and Mandatory Injunction'. He avers that on March 1, 1961, he addressed a petition to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, at Harrisburg, which was received by defendant Bolsinger, the Prothonotary of that Court, at Pittsburgh, who arbitrarily returned it to plaintiff 'without

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any legal recognition, review, and/or legal action whatsoever on the part of the * * * Supreme Court'.

He avers that on July 26, 1961, he sent to Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas a petition for a Writ of Mandamus and received no acknowledgment. He avers that on October 13, 1961, he petitioned the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for a Writ of Mandamus to compel the Clerk of the Dauphin County Court to acknowledge the receipt of the petition of July 26, 1961, and to schedule it for judicial review, but that defendant, Miriam A. Greenawalt, a Deputy Prothonotary of that Court arbitrarily returned the mandamus petition 'without any legal recognition, review, and/or legal action whatsoever on the part of the * * * Supreme Court'.

It can be gathered that the plaintiff is accusing the two Prothonotaries of conspiracy to thwart his efforts to protect his legal rights by invalidating his petitions sent to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Thus he claims to have been deprived of the equal protection of the laws and due process of law in violation of his civil rights and the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution.

Plaintiff avers in his complaint at Supplement #1 that several months ago he ordered by letter certain Pennsylvania statutes from the Bureau of Publications, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and gave the letter to the Penitentiary mailing department 'for purpose of being mailed', but he has not received the requested statutes, or...

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    ...for damages under the Civil Rights statutes, the plaintiff must allege highly specific facts. United States ex rel. Hoge v. Bolsinger, 211 F.Supp. 199 (W.D.PA. 1962), aff'd 311 F.2d 215 (3d Cir. 1962), cert. denied 372 U.S. 931, 83 S.Ct. 878, 9 L.Ed.2d 735 (1963); Pugliano v. Staziak, 231 F......
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    ...conclusions would be cognizable in the federal courts under the Civil Rights Act." United States ex rel. Hoge v. Bolsinger, 211 F.Supp. 199, 201 (W.D.PA. II. THE COURT LACKS JURISDICTION OVER THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THE COMPLAINT Broadly construing plaintiff's complaint, his allegations ......
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    ...316 F.Supp. 1284 (W.D.Pa.1970); Weyandt v. Mason's Stores, Inc., 279 F.Supp. 283 (W.D.Pa.1968); United States ex rel. Hoge v. Bolsinger, 211 F.Supp. 199 (W.D.Pa.1962), Aff'd per curiam, 311 F.2d 215 (3d Cir.) Cert. denied 372 U.S. 931, 83 S.Ct. 878, 9 L.Ed.2d 735 (1963). Cf. Black and Yates......
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    ...for damages under the Civil Rights statutes, the plaintiff must allege highly specific facts. United States ex rel. Hoge v. Bolsinger, 211 F.Supp. 199 (W.D.PA. 1962), aff'd 311 F.2d 215 (3d Cir. 1962), cert. denied 372 U.S. 931, 83 S.Ct. 878, 9 L.Ed.2d 735 (1963); Pugliano v. Staziak, 231 F......
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    ...conclusions would be cognizable in the federal courts under the Civil Rights Act." United States ex rel. Hoge v. Bolsinger, 211 F.Supp. 199, 201 (W.D.PA. II. THE COURT LACKS JURISDICTION OVER THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THE COMPLAINT Broadly construing plaintiff's complaint, his allegations ......
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