HOLLISTER v. SOETORO et al
REPLY to opposition to motion re 9 MOTION to Dismiss MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden filed by BARRY SOETORO, JOSEPH R. BIDEN, JR. (Bauer, Robert)
HOLLISTER v. SOETORO et al
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
GREGORY S. HOLLISTER, Plaintiff, v. BARRY SOETORO et al., Defendants. REPLY MEMORANDUM OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND VICE PRESIDENT JOSEPH BIDEN IN SUPPORT OF THEIR MOTION TO DISMISS Defendants President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden submit this Reply Memorandum in support of their Motion to Dismiss. The assertions made in plaintiff's Response underscore that the Court lacks jurisdiction over plaintiff's patently false claims and that plaintiff has failed to assert a plausible cause of action. Plaintiff's baseless attempt at amendment also demonstrates that he cannot state any viable claim or establish standing in this case. For these reasons, defendants respectfully request that the Court dismiss this case with prejudice under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 12(b)(1) and 12(b)(6). I. Plaintiff has failed to establish this Court's jurisdiction Civil Action No. 1:08-cv-02254-JR
As explained in defendants' Memorandum of Law in Support of Their Motion, plaintiff's outlandish theory of potential injury does not meet the Constitution's standing requirements. See Dkt. #9 (Defts' Mem. In Support of Motion) at 5-6 (citing Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife, 504 U.S. 555, 560 (1992)). Plaintiff's response simply highlights the
string of hypothetical scenarios purportedly supporting his claims and shows that plaintiff cannot allege any "injury in fact." See, e.g., Dkt. #13 (Pl's Response) at 12 (stating "Plaintiff Hollister has to prevent a potentially catastrophic confrontation . . . as to what may or may not be an illegal order . . . [and this] is the only window of time . . . to straighten this potential conflict out before . . . potentially devastating consequences for him[.]") (emphasis added). Plaintiff has also completely failed to show, as he concedes in his response, a causal connection between the potential injury and defendants' conduct. See Pl's Response at 11 ("[I]t would be irrational to require Plaintiff Hollister to establish a causal connection between an injury and the Defendants' conduct."). For these reasons, plaintiff's claims must be dismissed for lack of standing. II. Plaintiff has failed to state a plausible claim
Plaintiff's complaint also fails to state a plausible claim upon which relief may be granted. As demonstrated in defendants' opening brief, interpleader cannot be used as a procedural vehicle to pursue ulterior purposes. See Defts' Mem. In Support of Motion at 7-8. Over half of the "background" section in plaintiff's response and twelve pages of exhibits, however, are dedicated to plaintiff's baseless citizenship theory and show that he is unscrupulously using interpleader as an attempt to litigate meritless claims involving the National Born Citizenship Clause. Furthermore, as discussed previously, plaintiff's allegations fail to state a plausible claim upon which relief may be granted. See Defts' Mem. In Support of Motion at 4-5. For these reasons, the Court should dismiss the case pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6). III. Plaintiff cannot amend to state a plausible claim
As part of his response, plaintiff also moves to amend his complaint. The Court has
already rejected plaintiff's February 9, 2009 futile attempt at amendment. See Dkt. #12 (Order ruling that plaintiff's amended complaint "adds nothing to the original complaint except rhetoric and legal theory"). In addition to his baseless use of the interpleader cause of action, plaintiff's attempted amended complaint shoe-horns his Natural Born Citizenship Clause theory into a separate and inapposite Bivens claim. See Dkt. #11 at 22. Plaintiff, however, failed to add any substantive factual allegations to support this new cause of action. See Dkt. #11 at 2-18. Plaintiff simply attached more material further illustrating that he is seeking to revive previously rejected citizenship claims. See, e.g., id. at Exs. B; C. In his failed attempt at amendment, plaintiff has demonstrated that he has no colorable claim against defendants. Accordingly, the Court should dismiss plaintiff's complaint without leave to amend. CONCLUSION For all the foregoing reasons, the Court should dismiss plaintiff's complaint with prejudice under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(1) and 12(b)(6). Dated: February 26, 2009 Respectfully submitted, PERKINS COIE LLP By: /s/ Robert F. Bauer Robert F. Bauer D.C. Bar No. 938902 firstname.lastname@example.org 607 Fourteenth Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20005-2003 Telephone: 202.628.6600 Facsimile: 202.434.1690 Attorney for Defendants Barack Obama and Joseph Biden
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that I served a copy of the foregoing Reply Memorandum on this 26th day of February 2009, by means of electronic service and first class mail on: John David Hemenway HEMENWAY & ASSOCIATES 4816 Rodman Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20016 (202) 244-4819 Attorney for Gregory S. Hollister
Dated: February 26, 2009
Respectfully submitted, PERKINS COIE LLP By: /s/ Robert F. Bauer Robert F. Bauer D.C. Bar No. 938902 email@example.com 607 Fourteenth Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20005-2003 Telephone: 202.628.6600 Facsimile: 202.434.1690 Attorney for Defendants Barack Obama and Joseph Biden
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