Lamarr ROWELL, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. James E. DZURENDA, Defendant-Appellee.
Decided: November 02, 2020
Before: McKEOWN, RAWLINSON, and FRIEDLAND, Circuit Judges.
Lamarr Rowell, Pro Se
Nevada state parolee Lamarr Rowell appeals pro se from the district court's judgment dismissing his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action alleging due process and equal protection claims. We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291. We review de novo. Whitaker v. Garcetti, 486 F.3d 572, 579 (9th Cir. 2007) (dismissal under Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477, 114 S.Ct. 2364, 129 L.Ed.2d 383 (1994)); Barren v. Harrington, 152 F.3d 1193, 1194 (9th Cir. 1998) (order) (dismissal under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii) for failure to state a claim). We affirm.
The district court properly dismissed Rowell's action as Heck-barred because success on his claims would necessarily imply the invalidity of his conviction or sentence, and Rowell has not demonstrated that his conviction has been invalidated. See Heck, 512 U.S. at 486-87, 114 S.Ct. 2364 (if “a judgment in favor of the plaintiff would necessarily imply the invalidity of his conviction or sentence ․ the complaint must be dismissed unless the plaintiff can demonstrate that the conviction or sentence has already been invalidated”); Thornton v. Brown, 757 F.3d 834, 842 (9th Cir. 2013) (“[P]risoner may challenge the ‘fact’ or ‘duration’ of imprisonment only through a habeas proceeding.” (citations omitted)); see also Jones v. Cunningham, 371 U.S. 236, 243, 83 S.Ct. 373, 9 L.Ed.2d 285 (1963) (parolee is in custody for purposes of federal habeas review).
We affirm the dismissal, but remand to the district court with instructions to amend the judgment to reflect that the dismissal is without prejudice. See Trimble v. City of Santa Rosa, 49 F.3d 583, 585 (9th Cir. 1995).
We do not consider matters not specifically and distinctly raised and argued in the opening brief. See Padgett v. Wright, 587 F.3d 983, 985 n.2 (9th Cir. 2009).
AFFIRMED; REMANDED with instructions to amend the judgment.
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