Unpublished Dispositionleo Victor Savage, Plaintiff-appellant, v. City of Columbus; Dana G. Rinehart, Mayor; Jerry Hammond,president, City Council; Gregory S. Lashutka, Cityattorney, Defendants-appellees, 827 F.2d 770 (6th Cir. 1987)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit - 827 F.2d 770 (6th Cir. 1987) August 26, 1987


Before BOYCE F. MARTIN, Jr. and BOGGS, Circuit Judges, and WISEMAN, District Judge.* 

This case has been referred to a panel of this court pursuant to Rule 9(a), Rules of the Sixth Circuit. Upon examination of the record and briefs, this panel unanimously agrees that oral argument is not needed. Rule 34(a), Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.

Plaintiff appeals the dismissal of his civil rights complaint by the district court. Plaintiff alleges that the Ohio post-conviction statute is unconstitutional because it does not apply to state municipal court convictions. City of Dayton v. Hill, 21 Ohio St.2d 125, 256 N.E.2d 194 (1970). We disagree because there is no right to state post-conviction relief secured by the federal constitution. Pennsylvania v. Finley, 107 S. Ct. 1990, 1994 (1987). Further, Ohio's limitation of the post-conviction process to convictions arising from courts of common pleas bears a rational relationship to the state's legitimate interest in limiting post-conviction proceedings to the most serious convictions. Cf. In re Grand Jury Proceedings, 810 F.2d 580, 587-88 (6th Cir. 1987).

Plaintiff also seeks damages from defendants because a successful motion to dismiss plaintiff's post-conviction petition was filed in the Franklin County Municipal Court. However, the city prosecutor is absolutely immune from suit for such actions taken in his official capacity. Imbler v. Pachtman, 424 U.S. 409, 430-31 (1976). The City of Columbus is not liable to plaintiff because, as previously noted, plaintiff has no federally protected right to state post-conviction proceedings.

Therefore, the judgment of the district court is affirmed pursuant to Rule 9(b) (5), Rules of the Sixth Circuit.


The Honorable Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee, sitting by designation