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Jennings v. Cookson

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA MONROE DIVISION
Feb 10, 2020
CIVIL ACTION NO. 19-1525 SECTION P (W.D. La. Feb. 10, 2020)

Opinion

CIVIL ACTION NO. 19-1525 SECTION P

02-10-2020

LEVON L. JENNINGS v. DUANE COOKSON, ET AL.


MAG. JUDGE KAREN L. HAYES

JUDGMENT

The Report and Recommendation [Doc. No. 6] of the Magistrate Judge having been considered, no objections thereto having been filed, and finding that same is supported by the law and the record in this matter,

IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that Plaintiff Levon L. Jennings' false-arrest claim, perjury claim, and defamation claim against Defendant Duane Cookson are STAYED under the following conditions:

a. If Plaintiff intends to proceed with these claims, he must, within thirty (30) days of the date the criminal proceedings against him conclude, file a motion to lift the stay;

b. If the stay is lifted and the Court finds that Plaintiff's claims would impugn the validity of his conviction, the action will be dismissed under Heck; if no such finding is made, the action will proceed absent some other bar to suit;

c. Plaintiff should not file any more documents concerning these particular claims in this action until the state court proceedings conclude; and

d. Defendant shall not be required to answer these particular claims during the stay, and Plaintiff may not seek a default judgment or conduct any discovery during the stay.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that Plaintiff's claims against Assistant District Attorney Farshian Charlotte and Judge Stephens Winters are DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE as frivolous, for failing to state claims on which relief may be granted, and for seeking monetary relief against defendants immune from such relief.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that Plaintiff's request to dismiss his charge is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE to Plaintiff's right to pursue habeas corpus relief after he exhausts all available state-court remedies.

MONROE, LOUISIANA, this 10th day of February, 2020.

/s/_________

TERRY A. DOUGHTY

UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE


Summaries of

Jennings v. Cookson

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA MONROE DIVISION
Feb 10, 2020
CIVIL ACTION NO. 19-1525 SECTION P (W.D. La. Feb. 10, 2020)
Case details for

Jennings v. Cookson

Case Details

Full title:LEVON L. JENNINGS v. DUANE COOKSON, ET AL.

Court:UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA MONROE DIVISION

Date published: Feb 10, 2020

Citations

CIVIL ACTION NO. 19-1525 SECTION P (W.D. La. Feb. 10, 2020)