Presley v. Federal Bureau of Investigation et al
MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER denying 4 Motion to Appoint Counsel; denying 5 Motion for Service of Process; denying 7 Motion for Removal; denying 8 Motion for Service of Process. Complaint is dismissed under 28:1915(e)(2)(B). Signed by Judge Ted Stewart on 10/26/12 (alt)
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH
ERNEST JOHN YOUNG,
MEMORANDUM DECISION AND
ORDER DENYING MOTIONS FOR
SERVICE OF PROCESS, MOTION
FOR REMOVAL EMERGENCY
MOTION FOR REMAND BACK TO
U.S. DISTRICT COURT, AND
MOTION TO APPOINT COUNSEL
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION,
Case No. 2:12-CV-813 TS
Plaintiff Ernest John Young filed a pro se Complaint with the Clerk of Court. His
Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis has been granted. Plaintiff has also filed two
Motions for Service of Process,1 a Motion to Appoint Counsel,2 and a Motion for Removal
Emergency Motion for Remand Back to U.S. District Court.3 The Court has completed the
Docket Nos. 5 and 8.
Docket No. 4.
Docket No. 7.
screening process set forth under 28 U.S.C. § 1915. Having reviewed the pleadings in the file
and being otherwise fully informed, the Court will dismiss the Complaint and deny all pending
Motions as moot.
Plaintiff brings this suit against several parties, including, among many others, the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), General Motors (“GM”), Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie
Presley, the Salt Lake City Justice Court, and the United States Solicitor General.
Under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B), the Court may dismiss Plaintiff’s Complaint if it is
frivolous or malicious, if it fails to state a claim for which relief may be granted, or if it seeks
monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief.4
“[A] finding of factual frivolousness is appropriate when the facts alleged rise to the level
of the irrational or the wholly incredible, whether or not there are judicially noticeable facts to
contradict them.”5 “A pro se litigant’s pleadings are to be construed liberally and held to a less
stringent standard than formal pleadings drafted by lawyers.”6 This means “that if the court can
reasonably read the pleadings to state a valid claim on which the plaintiff could prevail, it should
do so despite the plaintiff’s failure to cite proper legal authority, his confusion of various legal
theories, his poor syntax and sentence construction, or his unfamiliarity with pleading
28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B).
Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25, 33 (1992).
Hall v. Bellmon, 935 F.2d 1106, 1110 (10th Cir. 1991).
requirements.”7 “[A] pro se plaintiff requires no special legal training to recount the facts
surrounding his alleged injury, and he must provide such facts if the court is to determine
whether he makes out a claim on which relief can be granted.”8 With these standards in mind,
the Court will attempt to address the causes of action set out in Plaintiff’s Complaint.
In this case, Plaintiff believes that he is the first-born son of Elvis Presley. Plaintiff
claims that there is a grave at Graceland—a property that once belonged to Elvis and currently
serves as a museum—that bears Plaintiff’s name, but that the person buried there was murdered
in a scheme to fake Plaintiff’s death and steal his identity. However, according to Plaintiff, the
FBI “threatened Plaintiff’s arrest by the Salt Lake City Police” if Plaintiff tried to file an identity
theft case with the FBI. Plaintiff also claims that he is the biological father of triplets that Lisa
Marie Presley kidnapped by helicopter from the University of Utah hospital.
Plaintiff also appears to allege that Judge Boyd Bunnell of the Seventh District Court of
Carbon County, Utah, conspired with someone named Rick Stanley to orchestrate an automobile
accident in an attempt to murder Plaintiff and his younger brother, Bobby. According to
Plaintiff, Rick Stanley also went on to murder Elvis Presley with “a lethal dose.”9 Apparently in
connection with the automobile accident, Plaintiff further alleges that he received a $750,000
settlement check from GM that he was not able to cash.
Docket No. 3, at 5.
Finally, Plaintiff appears to ask this Court to order a criminal investigation into the
“murder of Malissa for Plaintiff’s grave, and . . . Competency Evaluation Extending from CV
The Court finds that Plaintiff’s allegations with respect to the kidnapping, alleged
murders, and the GM settlement check are frivolous, based on fanciful factual allegations, rising
“to the level of the irrational or wholly incredible.”11 Further, to the extent Plaintiff urges this
Court to order a criminal investigation, the Court notes that “such an order would improperly
intrude upon the separation of powers.”12 Finally, even construing Plaintiff’s Complaint
liberally, his remaining allegations “fail to state any cognizable federal claim that [the Court] can
For the reasons discussed above, Plaintiff’s Complaint is dismissed under 28 §
1915(e)(2)(B). It is therefore
ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motions for Service of Process (Docket Nos. 5 and 8), Motion
to Appoint Counsel (Docket No. 4), and Motion for Removal Emergency Motion for Remand
Back to U.S. District Court. (Docket No. 7) are DENIED AS MOOT. The Clerk of Court is
ordered to close this case forthwith.
Docket No. 3, at 13.
Denton, 504 U.S. at 33.
Presley v. Presley, 102 F. App’x 636, 636 (10th Cir. 2004).
DATED October 26, 2012.
BY THE COURT:
United States District Judge