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State of Ohio, Ex Rel v. William W. Thompson

October 12, 2011

STATE OF OHIO, EX REL.,
WILLIAM BRYANT RELATOR
v.
WILLIAM W. THOMPSON, IV, ET AL. RESPONDENTS



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Larry A. Jones, J.:

Cite as State ex rel. Bryant v. Thompson,

JOURNAL ENTRY AND OPINION

JUDGMENT:

COMPLAINT DISMISSED

Writ of Mandamus

Motion No. 447101

Order No. 448244

{¶1} William Bryant has filed a complaint for a writ of mandamus. Bryant seeks an order from this court, which requires William W. Thompson, IV, an attorney employed by the Cuyahoga County Public Defenders Office, and Ralph T. DeFranco, an attorney in private practice licensed to practice law within the state of Ohio, to produce copies of "journal/judgment entries, discovery packets, indictments, bill of particulars, and transcripts of all pretrial, preliminary and trial hearings" with regard to the criminal actions of State v. Bryant, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case Nos. CR-491840 and CR-518876. For the following reasons, we dismiss Bryant's complaint for a writ of mandamus.

{¶2} Initially, we find that Bryant's complaint for a writ of mandamus is procedurally defective. Loc.App.R. 45(B)(1)(a) mandates that a complaint for an extraordinary writ must be supported by a sworn affidavit that specifies the details of Bryant's claim. The failure of Bryant to comply with the supporting affidavit requirement of Loc.App.R. 45(B)(1)(a) requires the dismissal of the complaint for a writ of mandamus. State ex rel. Leon v. Cuyahoga Cty. Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga App. No. 92826, 2009-Ohio-1612, affirmed, 123 Ohio St.3d 124, 2009-Ohio-4688, 914 N.E.2d 402; State ex rel. Smith v. McMonagle (Jul. 17, 1996), Cuyahoga App. No. 70899; State ex rel. Wilson v. Calabrese (Jan. 18, 1996), Cuyahoga App. No. 70077.

{¶3} In addition, R.C. 2969.25(C) mandates that an inmate, who files a civil action or appeal against a government entity or employee and seeks a waiver of the prepayment of the filing fees assessed by the court in which the action or appeal is filed, shall file with the complaint or notice of appeal an affidavit of indigency that includes a statement setting forth the balance in his inmate account for each of the preceding six months, as certified by the institutional cashier.

{¶4} The Supreme Court of Ohio, with regard to the mandatory affidavit and institutional cashier statement requirements of R.C. 2969.25(C), has recently established that:

{¶5} "We affirm the judgment of the court of appeals dismissing the petition of appellant, * * *, for a writ of habeas corpus to compel his release from prison. As the court of appeals correctly held, [appellant's] petition was defective because although he filed an affidavit of indigency and sought waiver of prepayment of the court's filing fees, he failed to include in his affidavit of indigency a statement setting forth the balance in his inmate account for each of the preceding six months, as certified by the institutional cashier, in violation of R.C. 2969.25(C). 'The requirements of R.C. 2969.25 are mandatory, and failure to comply with them subjects an inmate's action to dismissal.' State ex rel. White v. Bechtel, 99 Ohio St.3d 11, 2003-Ohio-2262, 788 N.E.2d 634, ¶5. [Appellant's] subsequent filing of the statement did not cure the defect. See R.C. 2969.25(C); see, also, Fuqua v. Williams, 100 Ohio St.3d 211, 2003-Ohio-5533, 797 N.E.2d 982, ¶9. * * *." Hazel v. Knab, Ohio Supreme Court Slip Opinion No. 2011-Ohio-4608, ¶ 1. (Emphasis added.)

{¶6} Herein, Bryant has failed to comply with the mandatory requirements of R.C. 2969.25(C) because he has not provided this court with a sworn affidavit that sets forth the balance in his inmate account for each of the preceding six months, as certified by the institutional cashier of the Mansfield Correctional Institution. In addition, Bryant is unable to cure the defective complaint for a writ of mandamus vi-a-vis an amended complaint. See Hazel, supra.

{ΒΆ7} Finally, mandamus will not lie to enforce a private right against a private person. State ex rel. Pressley v. Indus. Comm. (1967), 11 Ohio St.2d 141, 228 N.E.2d 632. A client seeking to obtain records from his lawyer concerns a private right against a private person. Claytor v. Tricarichi, Cuyahoga App. No. 92745, 2009-Ohio-953. Mandamus may not be employed to obtain documents or records from an attorney that is in private practice. State ex rel. Grahek v. McCafferty, Cuyahoga App. No. 88614, 2006-Ohio-4741; State ex rel. Jones v. Luskin, Cuyahoga App. No. 87185, 2006-Ohio-3686; Booker v. Christman, Cuyahoga App. No. 84330, ...


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