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Martin v. Harris

United States District Court, M.D. Alabama, Northern Division

January 12, 2015

SILAS MARTIN, #145 609, Plaintiff,

Silas Martin, Plaintiff, Pro se, Clayton, AL.

For Irvin Harris, Officer, official and individual capacity, Defendant: Katherine S Jessip, LEAD ATTORNEY, Alabama Department of Corrections, Montgomery, AL.



This case is before the court on a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint filed by Plaintiff, a state inmate incarcerated at the Kilby Correctional Facility [" Kilby" ]. Plaintiff argues that Defendant Harris subjected him to an unprovoked use of excessive force and fabricated disciplinary charges against him. Doc. No. 1 . Pending before the court is Plaintiff's request for preliminary injunction. He requests that medical personnel at Kilby clear him from the infirmary as soon as he recovers from surgery and transfer him back to the Ventress Correctional Facility. Upon review of the pending motion, the court concludes that the motion for preliminary injunction is due to be denied.


The decision to grant or deny a preliminary injunction " is within the sound discretion of the district court...." Palmer v. Braun, 287 F.3d 1325, 1329 (11th Cir. 2002). This court may grant a preliminary injunction only if Plaintiff demonstrates each of the following prerequisites: (1) a substantial likelihood of success on the merits; (2) irreparable injury will occur absent issuance of the injunction; (3) the threatened injury outweighs the potential damage the requested injunction may cause the non-moving parties; and (4) the injunction would not be adverse to the public interest. Id.; McDonald's Corp. v. Robertson, 147 F.3d 1301, 1306 (11th Cir. 1998); Cate v. Oldham, 707 F.2d 1176, 1185 (11th Cir. 1983); Shatel Corp. v. Mao Ta Lumber and Yacht Corp., 697 F.2d 1352, 1354-55 (11th Cir. 1983). " In this Circuit, '[a] preliminary injunction is an extraordinary and drastic remedy not to be granted unless the movant clearly established the " burden of persuasion" " as to the four requisites." McDonald's, 147 F.3d at 1306; All Care Nursing Service, Inc. v. Bethesda Mem'l Hosp. Inc., 887 F.2d 1535, 1537 (11th Cir. 1989) (a preliminary injunction is issued only when " drastic relief" is necessary); Texas v. Seatrain Int'l, S.A., 518 F.2d 175, 179 (5th Cir. 1975) (grant of preliminary injunction " is the exception rather than the rule, " and movant must clearly carry the burden of persuasion). The moving party's failure to demonstrate a " substantial likelihood of success on the merits" may defeat the party's claim, regardless of the party's ability to establish any of the other elements. Church v. City of Huntsville, 30 F.3d 1332, 1342 (11th Cir. 1994); see also Siegel v. Lepore, 234 F.3d 1163, 1176 (11th Cir. 2000) (noting that " the absence of a substantial likelihood of irreparable injury would, standing alone, make preliminary injunctive relief improper"). " 'The chief function of a preliminary injunction is to preserve the status quo until the merits of the controversy can be fully and fairly adjudicated.'" Suntrust Bank v. Houghton Mifflin Co., 268 F.3d 1257, 1265 (11th Cir. 2001) (quoting Northeastern Fla. Chapter of Associated Gen. Contractors of America v. City of Jacksonville, 896 F.2d 1283, 1284 (11th Cir. 1990).

The court has carefully reviewed Plaintiff's request for a preliminary injunction and finds the motion for injunctive relief is inappropriate. The injunction sought by Plaintiff is directed to non-parties and is unrelated to the claims in this case. See Kaimowitz v. Orlando, Fla., 122 F.3d 41, 43 (11th Cir. 1997) (" A district court should not issue an injunction when the injunction in question is not of the same character, and deals with a matter lying wholly outside the issues in the suit."); Westbank Yellow Pages v. BRI, Inc., 1996 WL 255912, *1, (E.D.La. May 13, 1996) (" A preliminary injunction is not an appropriate vehicle for trying to obtain relief that is not even sought in the underlying action."). Even if Plaintiff could establish the propriety of his request for preliminary injunctive relief, he fails to demonstrate a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of his claims, McDonald's Corp., 147 F.3d at 1306, and his request is devoid of any allegation he will suffer specific and irreparable harm if an injunction is not issued, Siegel, 234 F.3d at 1176. The issuance of a preliminary injunction is not warranted in this case.


Accordingly, it is the RECOMMENDATION of the Magistrate Judge that:

1. Plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction ( Doc. No. 1 ) be DENIED.
2. This case be referred to the undersigned for further proceedings.

It is further

ORDERED that on or before January 26, 2015, Plaintiff may file an objection to the Recommendation. Any objection filed must specifically identify the findings in the Magistrate Judge's Recommendation to which Plaintiff objects. Frivolous, conclusive or general objections will not be considered by the District Court. Plaintiff is advised this Recommendation is not a final order and, therefore, it is not appealable.

Failure to file a written objection to the proposed findings and advisements in the Magistrate Judge's Recommendation shall bar the party from a de novo determination by the District Court of issues covered in the Recommendation and shall bar the party from attacking on appeal factual findings in the Recommendation accepted or adopted by the District Court except upon grounds of plain error or manifest injustice. Nettles v. Wainwright, 677 F.2d 404 (5th Cir. 1982). See Stein v. Reynolds Securities, Inc., 667 F.2d 33 (11th Cir. 1982). See also Bonner v. City of Prichard, 661 F.2d 1206 (11th Cir. 1981) ( ...

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