BLANKUMSEE v. WASHINGTON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT (2018)
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.
Azaniah BLANKUMSEE, Plaintiff - Appellant, v. WASHINGTON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT; Judge Donald Eugene Beachley; Judge Dana Wright; Mark Boyer, Judge; Washington County States Attorney; Joseph Michael; Larry Hogan, Maryland Governor, individually and in official capacity, Defendants - Appellees.
Decided: December 13, 2018
Before DIAZ and HARRIS, Circuit Judges, and SHEDD, Senior Circuit Judge.
Azaniah Blankumsee, Appellant Pro Se.
Azaniah Blankumsee appeals the district court's order dismissing his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (2012) action. His sole claim on appeal is that the district court failed to address his claims for injunctive relief. Upon review, we conclude that these claims are barred by Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477, 486-87, 114 S.Ct. 2364, 129 L.Ed.2d 383 (1994). See Wilkinson v. Dotson, 544 U.S. 74, 82, 125 S.Ct. 1242, 161 L.Ed.2d 253 (2005) (holding that “a state prisoner's § 1983 action is barred (absent prior invalidation)—no matter the relief sought (damages or equitable relief), no matter the target of the prisoner's suit (state conduct leading to conviction or internal prison proceedings)—if success in that action would necessarily demonstrate the invalidity of confinement or its duration”). Because Blankumsee may refile his claims for injunctive relief should his conviction ever be overturned or called into question by the appropriate court, we modify the district court's order to reflect that the claims for injunctive relief are dismissed without prejudice. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the decisional process.
AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED
Affirmed as modified by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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