Dewayne Ray Butler, Plaintiff-appellant, v. State of Oklahoma, Defendant-appellee, 62 F.3d 1428 (10th Cir. 1995)

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US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit - 62 F.3d 1428 (10th Cir. 1995)

Aug. 10, 1995

Before TACHA, LOGAN, and KELLY, Circuit Judges.


After examining the briefs and appellate record, this panel has determined unanimously that oral argument would not materially assist the determination of this appeal. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a); 10th Cir. R. 34.1.9. The case is therefore ordered submitted without oral argument.

Plaintiff DeWayne Butler brought a declaratory judgment action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2201, asking the district court to adjudicate his rights under 12 U.S.C. 152 (repealed 1994) and 411.2  The district court, upon a magistrate's recommendation, dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction. Plaintiff now appeals.

"It is settled that the declaratory judgment statute does not itself confer jurisdiction on a federal court where none otherwise exists." New Mexico v. Regan, 745 F.2d 1318, 1323 (10th Cir. 1984), cert. denied, 471 U.S. 1065 (1985). As explained in the magistrate's report and recommendation, plaintiff has not shown an independent basis for jurisdiction. We therefore AFFIRM the dismissal of plaintiff's complaint for substantially the reasons stated in the district court's order and the magistrate's report and recommendation.

The mandate shall issue forthwith.


This order and judgment is not binding precedent, except under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, and collateral estoppel. The court generally disfavors the citation of orders and judgments; nevertheless, an order and judgment may be cited under the terms and conditions of the court's General Order filed November 29, 1993. 151 F.R.D. 470


In his brief, plaintiff also claims that his fine violated the Double Jeopardy Clause. This issue was not raised before the district court and is therefore waived. See United States v. Cook, 997 F.2d 1312, 1316 (10th Cir. 1993)