Notice: Eighth Circuit Rule 28a(k) Governs Citation of Unpublished Opinions and Provides That They Are Not Precedent and Generally Should Not Be Cited Unless Relevant to Establishing the Doctrines of Res Judicata, Collateral Estoppel, the Law of the Case, or if the Opinion Has Persuasive Value on a Material Issue and No Published Opinion Would Serve As Well.shelby Harris, Appellant, v. Kathleen Krupp; C. Kirsh, Appellees, 111 F.3d 135 (8th Cir. 1997)Annotate this Case
Shelby Harris, a Missouri inmate, appeals the district court's1 grant of summary judgment for defendants in this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action. As relevant to this appeal, Harris--who is African American--claimed defendants violated his right to equal protection by requiring him to remain assigned to a job in food service for ninety days following his termination from a prison law clerk job, while white inmates assigned to food service after him were reassigned to clerical positions sooner.
Following de novo review, and viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to Harris, we conclude he has failed to demonstrate an equal protection violation, as the white inmates were not similarly situated; unlike Harris, the inmates Harris compares himself with had not been twice fired from clerk jobs for abusing their positions. See Mayard v. Hopwood, 105 F.3d 1226, 1227-28 (8th Cir. 1997) (standard of review); Klinger v. Department of Corrections, 31 F.3d 727, 731 (8th Cir. 1994) (for equal protection claim, plaintiff must allege different treatment of similarly situated individuals), cert. denied, 115 S. Ct. 1177 (1995); Abdullah v. Gunter, 949 F.2d 1032, 1037 (8th Cir. 1991) (same), cert. denied, 504 U.S. 930 (1992). In making this decision, we disregard facts and evidence not presented to the district court. See Davis v. Francis Howell Sch. Dist., 104 F.3d 204, 206 n. 3 (8th Cir. 1997).
Further, we decline Harris's invitation to revisit our previous decision in Harris v. Higgins, No. 93-3834 (unpublished per curiam). See United States v. Bartsh, 69 F.3d 864, 866 (8th Cir. 1995) (when appellate court remands case to district court, all issues decided by appellate court become law of the case). Because there is no right to effective assistance of counsel in a section 1983 proceeding, see Cole v. Nebraska State Bd. of Parole, 997 F.2d 442, 444 (8th Cir. 1993), and because Harris did not move to amend his complaint, we find Harris's remaining arguments meritless.
Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the district court. Harris's motion for legal materials is denied.
The Honorable William A. Knox, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Missouri, to whom the case was referred for final disposition by consent of the parties pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c)