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MEMORANDUM OPINION Signed by Judge Ellen S. Huvelle on 2/11/09. (ls, )

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FILED MAR - 5 2009 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) NANCY MAYER WHITTINGTON ClERIc U.S. DISTRICT COURr' Jaime Luevano, Plaintiff, v. Immigration and Customs Enforcement et al., Defendants. Civil Action No. 09 0423 MEMORANDUM OPINION This matter is before the Court on its initial review of plaintiff s pro se complaint and application for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. The Court will grant the in forma pauperis application and dismiss the case because the complaint fails to meet the minimal pleading requirements of Rule 8(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Pro se litigants must comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Jarrell v. Tisch, 656 F. Supp. 237, 239 (D.D.C. 1987). Rule 8(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires complaints to contain" (1) a short and plain statement of the grounds for the court's jurisdiction [and] (2) a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief." Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a); see Oralsky v. CIA, 355 F.3d 661,668-71 (D.C. Cir. 2004). The Rule 8 standard ensures that defendants receive fair notice of the claim being asserted so that they can prepare a responsive answer and an adequate defense and determine whether the doctrine of res judicata applies. Brown v. Califano, 75 F.R.D. 497,498 (D.D.C. 1977). Plaintiff is an inmate at the county jail in EI Paso, Texas. In papers submitted to the Clerk comprised mostly of scribblings, plaintiff lists officials of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement as defendants but his allegations are incomprehensible. Accordingly, the case will be dismissed by separate Order issued contemporaneously. Date: February JL, United States District Judge 2009 2

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