HYLAND v. OBAMA et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION Signed by Judge Henry H. Kennedy on 12/23/08. (ls, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
JOHN VINCENT HYLAND, JR., Plaintiff, v. SENATOR BARACK OBAMA, et at., Defendants.
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JAN f 4 2009
Clerk, u.s. District and
Civil Action No.
This matter is before the Court on plaintiffs application to proceed in forma pauperis and pro se complaint. Plaintiffs complaint pertains to the use of public funds to address the United States financial sector's current woes. Generally, plaintiff alleges that the United States Congress wrongfully has seized seven hundred billion dollars, property of all United States citizens, for the purpose of "bailing out" the "'BIG MONEY BOYS' of Wall Street." Compl. at 7 (capital letters in original). Among other things, he demands that the "BAIL-OUT" justly must be VACATED AB INITIO and FORTHWITH." Id. at 6. In addition, he demands that defendants deposit seven hundred million dollars "in a SWISS BANK of Plaintiffs CHOICE [for] distribution to Plaintiffs children." Id. at 10. Plaintiff s claims fail because he does not have standing to pursue them. "So-called 'Article III standing' has three requirements: (1) the plaintiff has suffered 'an injury in fact,' (2) that injury bears a causal connection to the defendant's challenged conduct, and (3) a favorable judicial decision will likely provide the plaintiff with redress from that injury." Hollander v.
McCain, 566 F. Supp. 2d 63,67 (D.N.H. 2008) (quoting Lujan v. Defenders afWildlife, 504 U.S.
555,560-61 (1992)). The Supreme Court has "consistently held that a plaintiff raising only a generally available grievance about government - claiming only harm to his and every citizen's interest in proper application of the Constitution and laws, and seeking relief that no more directly and tangibly benefits him than it does the public at large - does not state an Article III case or controversy." Lujan v. Defenders afWildlife, 504 U.S. at 573-74. Here, plaintiff cannot show that his injuries "spring from an 'injury in fact' - an invasion of a legally protected interest that is 'concrete and particularized,' 'actual or imminent,' and 'fairly traceable' to the challenged act of the defendant[s]." Navegar, Inc. v. United States, 103 F.3d 994,998 (D.C. Cir. 1997) (quoting Lujan v. Defenders afWildlife, 504 U.S. at 560).
An Order consistent with this Memorandum Opinion will be issued separately on this
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