Rangel v. United States of America v. Two Bears

Filing 7

ORDER Denying 2 Motion to Proceed in Forma Pauperis; Order Denying 3 Motion for Federal Emergency Injunction; Order Denying 5 Motion for Leave to File Additional Pages; Order of Dismissal. Because Rangel has not stated a claim, has not invok ed the Court's jurisdiction, and has neither paid the filing fee or successfully moved to proceed IFP, and because his claims are frivolous, this action is dismissed without leave to amend. Signed by Judge Larry Alan Burns on 9/12/2017. (All non-registered users served via U.S. Mail Service)(lrf)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 GABRIEL ANDREW RANGEL, Case No.: 17cv1229-LAB (WVG) Plaintiff, 12 13 v. 14 ORDER DENYING MOTION TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 15 ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR FEDERAL EMERGENCY INJUNCTION; Defendant. 16 17 ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE ADDITIONAL PAGES; AND 18 19 ORDER OF DISMISSAL 20 21 22 23 Plaintiff Gabriel Rangel, proceeding pro se, initiated this case by filing what 24 appears to be a petition for relief. He did not pay the mandatory filing fee, but instead 25 moved to proceed in forma pauperis (“IFP”). His IFP motion says he has no assets, 26 liability, or income of any kind, and is not supported by the required affidavit. It claims 27 that he is in the San Diego Central Jail, and represents that he is an indigent prisoner 28 there. A trust account withdrawal authorization form is attached, but no prisoner trust 1 17cv1229-LAB (WVG) 1 statement. The return address on the envelope, however, shows he is in Patton State 2 Hospital 1 in Patton, California. Because the IFP motion is inadequate on many levels, it is 3 DENIED. 4 Even assuming Rangel had been granted leave to proceed IFP, the Court would be 5 required to screen his complaint and to dismiss it to the extent it is “frivolous, malicious, 6 fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or seeks monetary relief from a 7 defendant immune from such relief.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B). The Court must also 8 raise jurisdictional issues sua sponte. Chapman v. Pier 1 Imports (U.S.) Inc., 631 F.3d 9 939, 954 (9th Cir. 2011) (en banc). 10 Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a), every complaint filed in federal court must contain a 11 short and plain statement of the grounds for the Court’s jurisdiction, and a short and plain 12 statement of the claim showing that the plaintiff is entitled to relief. Neither the petition 13 nor the motion for emergency injunctive relief includes any short and plain statement. It 14 is not even clear who Rangel thinks the Defendant is, what relief he wants, what the name 15 of the case should be, or what court he is trying to file it in. The 85-page rambling 16 petition appears to be written in a stream-of-consciousness style and is wholly 17 incomprehensible. Rangel’s motion for emergency injunctive relief suggests he might be 18 attempting to challenge some kind of conviction. Why he is suing the United States is 19 unexplained. His motion says he is being imprisoned in the San Diego Central Jail 20 pursuant to a conviction by the U.S. Supreme Court on October 21, 1966, which is the 21 same day he was born. Rangel attaches a copy of the judgment of incompetency, dated 22 January 25, 2017. To the extent Rangel’s pleadings and moving papers are 23 comprehensible, they are fanciful and lack any merit. 24 25 Rangel has filed one other case in this District, Rangel v. Pacheco, 17cv743-BTM (JLB), filed May 15, 2017; it was dismissed as frivolous on July 31, 2017. 26 27 1 28 Patton state hospital is a forensic psychiatric hospital run by the state of California. It provides treatment to forensically and civilly committed patients. 2 17cv1229-LAB (WVG) 1 Because Rangel has not stated a claim, has not invoked the Court’s jurisdiction, 2 and has neither paid the filing fee or successfully moved to proceed IFP, and because his 3 claims are frivolous, this action is DISMISSED WITHOUT LEAVE TO AMEND. 4 His motion for injunctive relief and his motion for leave to file additional pages (Docket 5 nos. 3 and 5) are DENIED. 6 7 8 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: September 12, 2017 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3 17cv1229-LAB (WVG)

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