United States District Court, M.D. Georgia, Valdosta Division
December 16, 2014
KEITH HENDERSON, Plaintiff,
NURSE JACKSON, et al., Defendants.
HUGH LAWSON, District Judge.
Plaintiff KEITH HENDERSON, an inmate currently confined at Valdosta State Prison in Valdosta, Georgia, has filed a "Notice of Appeal" from a decision made in a civil case filed in the Superior Court of Lowndes County, Georgia. The United States District Courts do not sit as appellate courts to review state court decisions. See Sitton v. United States, 413 F.2d 1386, 1389 (5th Cir. 1969) ("A federal district court has no original jurisdiction to reverse or modify the judgment of a state court."); Harper v. Chase Manhattan Bank, 138 F.Appx. 130 (11th Cir.2005) ("[A] federal district court lacks jurisdiction to review, reverse, or invalidate a final state court decision."). The Court therefore finds Plaintiff's pleading to be frivolous. His Motion to Proceed in forma pauperis  (Doc. 2) and Motion for Counsel (Doc. 5) are DENIED; and his pleading is DISMISSED. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915; 29 U.S.C. § 1915A. If Plaintiff is dissatisfied with a state court decision, the appropriate forum for review is the state appellate court.