Andre Brigham Young, Plaintiff-appellant, v. James R. Harvey, Husband and Wife, and the Marital Communitycomposed Thereof; Jane Doe Harvey, Defendants-appellees, 952 F.2d 408 (9th Cir. 1992)Annotate this Case
Before EUGENE A. WRIGHT, WILLIAM A. NORRIS and CYNTHIA HOLCOMB HALL, Circuit Judges.
Andre Young appeals pro se the district court's dismissal of his section 1983 claim. He contends the court erred in finding that the statute of limitation barred his complaint. We affirm.
In determining the applicable limitations period for section 1983 actions, we look to the state statute of limitation for personal injury cases. Wilson v. Garcia, 471 U.S. 261, 279-80 (1985). We also consider the relevant state tolling statutes applicable to prisoners' civil rights suits. Hardin v. Straub, 490 U.S. 536, 543 (1989).
Under Washington law, Young had three years to file his section 1983 action. Wash.Rev.Code § 4.16.080. The statute tolls the limitation period when one is "imprisoned on a criminal charge, or in execution under the sentence of a court for a term less than his natural life." Wash.Rev.Code § 4.16.190. This tolling statute, however, benefits only those prisoners who have been continuously imprisoned during the time their causes of action would accrue. See Bianchi v. Bellingham Police Dept., 909 F.2d 1316, 1318 (9th Cir. 1990).
Here, the alleged injury occurred between July 1974 and August 1977, while Harvey was Associate Superintendent of the Washington State Penitentiary. Young filed his claim at least ten years after the period of limitation had expired. The tolling statute does not apply because he was paroled in 1980.