Brodzki v. USA et al
ORDER DISMISSING CASE as frivolous and denying 1 MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis filed by Anthony Brodzki. Signed by Judge James M. Moody on 4/25/11. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA via
THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Plaintiff has filed the following documents pro se: (1) Application to proceed in forma
pauperis and (2) Complaint.
There is a two-step process to be followed by the district court in considering whether a
pro se plaintiff should be permitted to proceed in forma pauperis. Martin-Trigona v. Stewart,
691 F.2d 856 (8th Cir. 1982). First there is a determination of whether the plaintiff qualifies by
economic status under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). If he does, the complaint is permitted to be filed. Id.
Second, assuming the allegation of poverty is not untrue, a determination is made under §
1915(e)(2)(B) of whether the cause of action stated in the complaint is frivolous or malicious,
fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or seeks monetary relief against a
defendant who is immune from such relief. If so, the complaint is to be dismissed. Id.1
In Martin-Trigona, the Eighth Circuit noted that “[s]ome courts have blurred the distinction
between § 1915(a) and § 1915[(e)(2)(B)] by approving the practice of denying leave to proceed in
forma pauperis on the ground that the complaint is frivolous or malicious.” 691 F.2d at 857.
The Court stated, however, that [t]he practice observed by most courts is to consider only the
petitioner’s economic status in making the decision whether to grant leave to proceed in forma
pauperis” and that “[o]nce leave has been granted, the complaint should be filed and the court
should consider whether to dismiss pursuant to § 1915 [(e)(2)(B)].” Id. See also Haugen v.
Sutherlin, 804 F.2d 490, 491 n.2 (8th Cir. 1986)(the court may certify that the plaintiff may
proceed in forma pauperis, assuming verification that the plaintiff is a pauper, and may allow
plaintiff to file the complaint without paying a filing fee; however, before requiring service of
process on the defendant(s), the court should evaluate the complaint to determine if it is frivolous
on its face and, if so, it should be dismissed).
Because it appears that plaintiff’s economic situation qualifies him for in forma pauperis status,
the Court hereby grants plaintiff’s application to so proceed. (Docket # 1)
The Court now turns to the determination of whether, pursuant to § 1915(e)(2)(B), this
action should be dismissed because it is frivolous or malicious, fails to state a claim on which
relief may be granted, or seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such
relief. A claim is frivolous if it “describ[es] fantastic or delusional scenarios,” the factual
contentions are “clearly baseless,” or there is no rational basis in law. Neitzke v. Williams, 490
U.S. 319, 327-29 (1989). A court may dismiss such a complaint before service of process and
without leave to amend. Christiansen v. Clarke, 147 F.3d 655, 658 (8th Cir.), cert. denied, 525
U.S. 1023 (1998). See also Higgins v. Carpenter, 258 F.3d 797, 800 (8th Cir. 2001), cert. denied
sub nom. Early v. Harmon, 535 U.S. 1040 (2002).
In this case, Plaintiff alleges that on September 24, 2009, he was in the Dirksen Federal
Building in Chicago when he felt an electric current in his chest. He states that “after laying on
the subway floor all the way to O’Hare airport, I was hit by something fired by the United States
Marshalls in Chicago.” Plaintiff states that he “staggered to Bedford Hospital after flying back to
Texas.” Plaintiff claims that “the hospital said [his] condition mimic’s what happens to people
when their hearts are hit with electronically charged currents. The Dallas Marshall said it was
wild dogs Marshalls.”
Plaintiff has previously filed a complaint alleging these same facts which was dismissed
by the Honorable Susan Webber Wright on February 16, 2011. Additionally, Plaintiff has a
history of filing frivolous lawsuits. According to the National Case Party Index database, since
2009 Plaintiff has filed approximately ninety-two civil, bankruptcy and appellate claims. Many
of which have been dismissed as frivolous. See, Brodzki v. CBS, 2011 WL 1327122(D.Del.
Based upon the fantastic, delusional and irrational allegations, his history of vexatious
litigation and the absence of a viable claim that could be alleged in an amended complaint, the
complaint will be dismissed as frivolous pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B).
IT IS SO ORDERED this 25th day of April, 2011.
James M. Moody
United States District Judge
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