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TAYLOR v. ROBERTSON

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


February 2, 1989

WILLIAM TAYLOR
v.
EDWARD ROBERTSON et al.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: KELLY

MEMORANDUM

 ROBERT F. KELLY, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

 The plaintiff has submitted a pro se 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights complaint against two witnesses who testified against him at his criminal trial, and the Philadelphia police department, alleging the defendants "knowingly, intentionally, and falsely" gave false testimony, perjured themselves, and fabricated evidence.

 The plaintiff has filed a request to proceed in forma pauperis. Whenever the required affidavit of poverty is filed, the right to proceed in forma pauperis should be granted, except in extreme circumstances. Sinwell v. Shapp, 536 F.2d 15, 19 (3d Cir. 1976). This is particularly appropriate when the plaintiff is acting pro se, as the plaintiff is in this case. Therefore, leave to proceed in forma pauperis is granted. See King v. Jeffes, 630 F. Supp. 400, 401-02 (E.D. Pa. 1985).

 In Brawer v. Horowitz, 535 F.2d 830, 836 (3d Cir. 1976), the Third Circuit held that witnesses are immune from liability in a § 1983 civil rights action. See Williams v. Hepting, 844 F.2d 138 (3d Cir. 1988); e.g., Dobson v. Lloyd, 1988 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14214, No. 88-8677 (E.D. Pa. Dec. 7, 1988).

 The plaintiff requests damages in excess of "(12) million of dollars or more" in his complaint, but it is in essence a point-by-point rebuttal to the evidence presented against him at trial. If the plaintiff wishes to challenge his conviction, he has a number of legal alternatives, but a § 1983 action against the witnesses who testified at his trial is not one of them.

 Accordingly, this complaint is dismissed as frivolous pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(d).

 ORDER

 This 2nd day of Feb., 1989, in accordance with the Memorandum filed this date, it is ORDERED that:

 1. Leave to proceed in forma pauperis is GRANTED; and

 2. This complaint is DISMISSED as frivolous pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(d).

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