Brooker, et al. v. Gould, et al.
ORDER DIRECTING PLAINTIFFS TO FILE AMENDED COMPLAINT on or before 4/27/12 re: 1 Complaint, filed by Lenora Renee Brooker, Carey W. Brooker, by Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya on 3/28/12. (mjgsl, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya
Civil Action No. 12–cv–00548–REB–KMT
CAREY W. BROOKER, and
LENORA RENEE BROOKER,
RUSSELL JAY GOULD, Plenipotentiary Judge for the Witnessing of the Parse-SyntaxGrammar of the Vassalees-Fraudulent-Parse-Syntax-Grammar-Documents,
EDGAR J. TROMMETER,
LAS ANIMAS COUNTY, COLORADO SHERIFFS DEPARTMENTS, and
JAMES W. CASIAS, Las Animas County, Colorado Sheriff,
ORDER DIRECTING PLAINTIFFS TO FILE AMENDED COMPLAINT
Plaintiffs initiated this action by filing a pro se Complaint. The Court must construe the
Complaint liberally because the plaintiffs are not represented by an attorney. See Haines v.
Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520-21 (1972); Hall v. Bellmon, 935 F.2d 1106, 1110 (10th Cir. 1991).
However, the Court should not act as an advocate for a pro se litigant. See Hall, 935 F.2d at
1110. For the reasons stated below, Plaintiffs will be ordered to file an Amended Complaint.
Plaintiffs’ Complaint is deficient because the have not used the Court-approved
Complaint form that pro se litigants are required to use. Pursuant to Rule 8.1A. of the Local
Rules of Practice of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado-Civil, “[a] pro
se party shall use the forms established by this court to file an action.” Therefore, Plaintiffs will
be ordered to file an Amended Complaint and submit their claims on the Court-approved
The Court also finds that Plaintiff’s Complaint does not comply with the pleading
requirements of Rule 8 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The twin purposes of a
complaint are to give the opposing parties fair notice of the bases for the claims against them so
that they may respond and to allow the court to conclude that the allegations, if proven, show
that Plaintiffs are entitled to relief. See Monument Builders of Greater Kansas City, Inc. v.
American Cemetery Ass’n of Kansas, 891 F.2d 1473, 1480 (10th Cir. 1989). The requirements
of Fed. R. Civ. P. 8 are designed to meet these purposes. See TV Communications Network, Inc.
v. ESPN, Inc., 767 F. Supp. 1062, 1069 (D. Colo. 1991), aff’d, 964 F.2d 1022 (10th Cir. 1992).
Specifically, Rule 8(a) provides that a complaint “must contain (1) a short and plain statement of
the grounds for the court’s jurisdiction . . . ; (2) a short and plain statement of the claim showing
that the pleader is entitled to relief; and (3) a demand for the relief sought . . . .” The philosophy
of Rule 8(a) is reinforced by Rule 8(d)(1), which provides that “[e]ach allegation must be simple,
concise, and direct.” Taken together, Rules 8(a) and (d)(1) underscore the emphasis placed on
clarity and brevity by the federal pleading rules. Prolix, vague, or unintelligible pleadings
violate the requirements of Rule 8.
Plaintiffs fail to set forth a short and plain statement of their claims showing that they are
entitled to relief. Plaintiffs’ claims are unnecessarily verbose and unintelligible. Therefore,
Plaintiffs will be directed to file an Amended Complaint that complies with the pleading
requirements of Rule 8. Plaintiffs are reminded that it is their responsibility to present their
claims in a manageable format that allows the Court and defendants to know what claims are
being asserted and to be able to respond to those claims. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that Plaintiff file, on or before April 27, 2012, an Amended Complaint that
complies with this Order. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court mail to Plaintiff, together with a copy
of this Order, two copies of the Court-approved form for filing a Complaint. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that if Plaintiffs fail within the time allowed to file an Amended
Complaint, as directed, this court will recommend that this action be dismissed without further
notice. Plaintiffs’ are also warned that their failure to file an Amended Complaint could result in
the imposition of additional sanctions, including an order to pay the defendants’ costs and
Dated this 28th day of March, 2012.
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