Carr v. Dvorin, No. 98-2086

CourtUnited States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit)
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM
Citation171 F.3d 115
PartiesPeter L. CARR, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Jeffrey M. DVORIN, Assistant NYS Attorney General, Defendant-Appellee.
Decision Date18 March 1999
Docket NumberNo. 98-2086

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171 F.3d 115
Peter L. CARR, Plaintiff-Appellant,
v.
Jeffrey M. DVORIN, Assistant NYS Attorney General, Defendant-Appellee.
No. 98-2086.
United States Court of Appeals,
Second Circuit.
Submitted March 9, 1999.
Decided March 18, 1999.

Peter L. Carr, Pro Se, Gouverneur, NY.

Before: CARDAMONE, STRAUB, and KEITH, Circuit Judges. *

Page 116

PER CURIAM.

Peter L. Carr, pro se, appeals from a judgment of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York (Rosemary S. Pooler, Judge ) dismissing his complaint against New York State Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey M. Dvorin, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A, for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. On appeal, Mr. Carr does not challenge the merits of the District Court's decision. Rather he urges only (1) that § 1915A does not apply to prisoners, like him, who do not proceed in forma pauperis, and (2) that the District Court may not dismiss a complaint under § 1915A before service of process could be made and without affording the plaintiff with an opportunity to respond.

Rejecting both of Mr. Carr's contentions, we affirm.

DISCUSSION

Under 28 U.S.C. § 1915A, a District Court must screen prisoners' civil complaints against government officials or entities and dismiss the complaints if they are frivolous, malicious, fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or seek monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. In pertinent part, § 1915A provides:

(a) Screening.--The court shall review, before docketing, if feasible or, in any event, as soon as practicable after docketing, a complaint in a civil action in which a prisoner seeks redress from a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity.

(b) Grounds for dismissal.--On review, the court shall identify cognizable claims or dismiss the complaint, or any portion of the complaint, if the complaint--

(1) is frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted; or

(2) seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief.

28 U.S.C. § 1915A (1994 & Supp. II 1996). The language of the statute does not distinguish between prisoners who proceed in forma pauperis and prisoners who pay the requisite filing fee. Therefore, we join the Fifth, Sixth, and Tenth Circuits in holding that the statute's commands apply to all civil complaints brought by prisoners against governmental officials or entities regardless...

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