CHATTANOOGA, TN – U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Lee took a look at the paperwork Nathan Jackson and family filed against the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, Inc. and certain individuals, and said “Whoa”.
The Magistrate Judge issued a “Report and Recommendation”,
and sent a strong message to Jackson that he better get an attorney to come in and help get things straightened out or the cases will be dismissed in 14 days.
Magistrate Lee said the Jacksons’ filed their actions under a Civil Rights law that applies only when representatives of the State do bad things to deprive people of their civil rights. Lee said the Celebration and other Defendants were not acting under power or authority of state law in doing what the Jacksons’ said damaged them. Lee said that the Jacksons’ couldn’t hold the Defendants responsible under that law, and based on what Jackson has filed, he doesn’t have a case.
The Court noted that the Jacksons had filed their case pro se (which means they are filing it their own without an attorney representing them), and that pro se litigants are liberally interpreted in such cases, but that “the Court is not required to guess the nature of or create a litigant’s claim”.
Basically, the clock is ticking on the Jacksons’ claim against the Celebration.