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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
SAMUEL McKINLEY BROOKS
CRITTENDEN COUNTY, ARKANSAS et al.
ORDER OF DISMISSAL
Mr. Brooks has responded to the Court’s Order requiring him to show cause why this case
should not be dismissed. (Court’s Order of May 11, 2006, Docket No. 24). Mr. Brooks’ response
adds nothing to his previous filings. More importantly, Mr. Brooks has failed to state a claim for
which this Court may award any relief. Accordingly, his Amended Complaint will be dismissed.
It appears that Plaintiff’s primary complaint is that Arkansas refuses to give him his
“clemency papers of honor.” He also claims that he has been harassed in some unspecified manner
by Kyle Bruce, Jennifer Miller, Leroy Brownlee, Brian Holt, and Mrs. Carol V. Bohanon. Plaintiff
asserts the following as cause for permitting this case to proceed:
“I feel the only thing can solve this matter is we all come to court an [sic] let the
Judge decide. By me being heard by many people, a U.S. Army Bronze Medal
should say enough. So let’s just have a trial, May 30, 2006 at 1:00 o’clock.”
(Show Cause Response, Docket No. 26).
Plaintiff’s response indicates that he believes that this Court is able to resolve any and all
disputes and to restore his honor. However, that is not the case. Federal courts are courts of limited
jurisdiction. A federal court may only grant relief when some specific law within the Court’s subject
matter jurisdiction has been violated. Plaintiff has not referenced and the Court is unaware of any
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specific federal law that was arguably violated by the conduct alleged.
To the extent that Plaintiff intends to assert a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Plaintiff has also
failed to state a claim. “Section 1983 relief is p