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Wilson Milord v. Suffolk County

January 19, 2012

WILSON MILORD, PLAINTIFF,
v.
SUFFOLK COUNTY, STEVEN BELLONE, MICHAEL MASTRAONARDI, JUDGE JOSEPH SANTORELLI, JUDGE JAMES HUDSON, THALIA STRAVIDES, JOSEPH WILSON, PAUL MARGIOTA, JUDGE FLANNANGAN, JUDGE MADELENE FITZGIBBON, JUDGE DENNIS COHEIN, THOMAS SPOTA, TRACY BELLONE, RICHARD SHAFFER, SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, ROBERT CICALLE, ROBIN BARHSEN, JOHN AND JACK FARRELL, DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Joanna Seybert Joanna Seybert, U.S.D.J.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Before the Court is the Complaint of incarcerated pro se plaintiff Wilson Milord ("Plaintiff") filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 ("Section 1983") against the defendants, Suffolk County, Steven Bellone, Michael Mastraonardi, Judge Joseph Santorelli, Judge James Hudson, Thalia Stravides, Joseph Wilson, Paul Margiota, Judge Flannangan, Judge Madeline Fitzgibbon, Judge Dennis Cohein, Thomas Spota, Tracy Bellone, Richard Shaffer, Suffolk County Sheriff's Department, Robert Cicalle, Robin Barshsen, John and Jack Farrell (collectively, "Defendants").*fn1 Plaintiff paid the $350.00 filing fee. Notwithstanding Plaintiff's payment of the filing fee, his Complaint is sua sponte dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A as against Judges Santorelli, Hudson, Flannangan, Fitzgibbon and Cohein because they are entitled to absolute judicial immunity. The Complaint is also dismissed with prejudice as against District Attorney Thomas Spota and prosecuting attorney Thalia Stravides because such claims are barred by absolute prosecutorial immunity. Further, insofar as Plaintiff seeks to challenge his conviction and/or sentence, such claims are dismissed because a Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus is the exclusive procedural mechanism for such a challenge.

THE COMPLAINT

Plaintiff, a self-described "political figure in Suffolk County for over 15 years" claims that he was maliciously prosecuted by the Defendants and that the Defendants have "plotted against [him] . . . as a corrupted team and fabricated stories against [him] as a way of destroying [his] political figure which resulted in [his] being put in prison. . . ." (Compl. at ¶ 15). According to the Complaint, Plaintiff was the landlord of an apartment building located in West Babylon, New York. Plaintiff describes that a lease agreement between himself and the tenants of that apartment specified that utilities (oil and electricity) were not included in the rent. (Compl. at ¶ 17). On November 20, 2007, three tenants died of carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of generators and kerosene heaters that the Plaintiff alleges the tenants placed in the apartment to provide themselves with electricity and heat. (Compl. at ¶ 18, see also Ex. "B" annexed to the Compl. at p. 41).

According to the Complaint, Plaintiff was indicted and charged with criminally negligent homicide on October 10, 2008, only after the families of the victims filed lawsuits against the Town of Babylon, Suffolk County, the Long Island Power Authority and the Fire Marshal. (Compl. at ¶¶ 19-20). Plaintiff claims that he was maliciously prosecuted on the negligent homicide charges because no investigation was done that could "link me to being the one responsible for [the . . .] generators that were found in the residence." (Id. at ¶ 21). Plaintiff further contends that Defendant Bellone, then-Town of Babylon Supervisor, "assist[ed] the malicious prosecution because he directly condemned the property that the tenants were living in (where the tragedy took place) without proper cause and this was done to make it appear that these tenants were living there illegally." (Id. at ¶ 2). Plaintiff also contends that he was "coerced into self-representation by defendant Judge Hudson" on the indictment because Judge Hudson falsely claimed that Plaintiff refused to pay his attorneys. (Id. at ¶ 32). As a result, Plaintiff contends that the Defendants conspired together to put Plaintiff "in prison for a negligent homicide that I hade nothing to do with." (Id. at ¶ 35).*fn2

Plaintiff also seeks to challenge his sentence, claiming that his commitment to the "New York State Department of Corrections for a prison term of 1 to 3 years was void on its face being that no investigation took place that could link the plaintiff directly as being the one responsible for the death[s] of those victims." (Id. at ¶ 57).

Plaintiff next alleges that he was issued notices to appear in two different courts (the Fourth and Fifth District Courts) on the same date, June 11, 2008, and time. Accordingly, Plaintiff alleges that he hand-delivered letters to the clerk of each court apprising them of the conflicting court schedule. Plaintiff claims that although the clerks advised him that he would receive a notice rescheduling the appearances, instead a bench warrant was issued for his arrest due to his non-appearance on June 11, 2008. (Id. at ¶¶ 25-27). Plaintiff also contends that he was granted an adjournment for another court appearance by Judge Santorelli. Notwithstanding that adjournment, Judge Santorelli issued a bench warrant for Plaintiff's non-appearance on the original date. (Id. at ¶ 28). The Complaint describes that Plaintiff was arrested and handcuffed in front of his children even though he showed the police officers the Notice of Adjournment. (Id. at ¶ 29). Plaintiff also complains that the Defendants conspired to indict Plaintiff on fabricated grand larceny charges arising from two separate real property transactions. (Compl. at ¶¶ 64-76).

The balance of the Complaint is Plaintiff's diatribe concerning his "ordeal at the hands of political and social corruption" by the Defendants. Plaintiff contends that the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office has "defamed his character in that he is a business owner, home builder and the father of five children who have been humiliated by fabricated stories that have been printed in the media about their father." (Id. at ¶ 31). He further describes that "in the Long Island Towns of Wyandanch, Amityville, Copaigue, Lindenhurst, Brentwood, Bay Shore, Islip, Coram and Hempstead, the most pettiest of crimes of trumped-up charges of drugs, robberies, gang affiliation and a number of other charges [] are not always proven in the proper manner and protocol of law enforcement." (Id. at ¶ 37). The Complaint continues: "Alot of these charges are fabricated and used as tools to satisfy their racist appetite to destroy the population of the youth and hinder their chances of [a] productive and positive future." (Id.). Plaintiff claims that he has been the victim of race discrimination by Suffolk County, which has eventually led to his imprisonment. (Id. at ¶ 47). For example, Plaintiff alleges that he applied and paid for an unspecified permit but the permit was not issued. (Id. at ¶ 48).

With regard to Defendant Judge Madelene Fitzgibbon, Plaintiff alleges that he wrote he a letter asking that there be an investigation and that the malicious prosecution of him cease but he claims she "ignored" his letter. (Id. at ¶ 83).

As a result of the foregoing, Plaintiff seeks to recover, inter alia, "no less than the sum of $57,000,000 (dollars)" in damages. (Compl. at page 27).

DISCUSSION I. Standard of Review

A district court has the inherent power to dismiss a

case, sua sponte, if it determines that the action is frivolous or the court lacks jurisdiction over the matter regardless of whether a plaintiff has paid the filing fee. Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(h)(3); Fitzgerald v. First E. Seventh St. Tenants Corp., 221 F.3d 362, 363-364 (2d Cir. 2000). "An action is frivolous if it lacks an arguable basis in law or fact--i.e., where it is 'based on an indisputably meritless legal theory' or presents 'factual contentions [which] are clearly baseless.'" Scanlon v. Vermont, 423 F. ...


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