Macia v. State of Florida et al
ORDER DISMISSING CASE; denying 4 Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. Closing Case. Signed by Judge Darrin P. Gayles on 9/19/2016. (zvr) NOTICE: If there are sealed documents in this case, they may be unsealed after 1 year or as directed by Court Order, unless they have been designated to be permanently sealed. See Local Rule 5.4 and Administrative Order 2014-69.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
Case No. 16-cv-23844-GAYLES
FEDERICO JOSE MACIA,
STATE OF FLORIDA et al.,
ORDER DISMISSING CASE
THIS CAUSE comes before the Court on a sua sponte review of the record. Plaintiff
Federico Jose Macia, appearing pro se, filed a Complaint in this action on September 8, 2016
[ECF No. 1]. He also filed a Motion for Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis the same day [ECF
No. 4]. Because the Plaintiff has moved to proceed in forma pauperis, the screening provisions
of the Prison Litigation Reform Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e), are applicable. Pursuant to that statute,
the court is permitted to dismiss a suit “any time  the court determines that . . . (B) the action or
appeal (i) is frivolous or malicious; (ii) fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted; or
(iii) seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief.” Id. § 1915(e)(2).
The standards governing dismissals for failure to state a claim under § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii)
are the same as those governing dismissals under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). Alba
v. Montford, 517 F.3d 1249, 1252 (11th Cir. 2008). To state a claim for relief, a pleading 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.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 8. To survive a motion to dismiss, a claim “must contain
sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to ‘state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.’”
Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009) (quoting Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544,
570 (2007)). “[T]he pleadings are construed broadly,” Levine v. World Fin. Network Nat’l Bank,
437 F.3d 1118, 1120 (11th Cir. 2006), and the allegations in the complaint are viewed in the light
most favorable to the plaintiff, Hawthorne v. Mac Adjustment, Inc., 140 F.3d 1367, 1370 (11th Cir.
1998). In reviewing the Complaint, the Court must apply the “liberal construction to which pro se
pleadings are entitled.” Holsomback v. White, 133 F.3d 1382, 1386 (11th Cir. 1998). However,
liberal construction cannot serve as a substitute to establishing a valid cause of action. See GJR
Invs., Inc. v. County of Escambia, 132 F.3d 1359, 1369 (11th Cir. 1998). At bottom, the question
is not whether the claimant “will ultimately prevail . . . but whether his complaint [is] sufficient
to cross the federal court’s threshold.” Skinner v. Switzer, 562 U.S. 521, 530 (2011).
In the Complaint, the Plaintiff states that he has “a child control issue from a boy” [sic],
that his parents “were harmed,” and that he was separated from them and never saw them again.
See Compl. The remainder of the Complaint contains nothing more than biographical information
about the Plaintiff, including his date of birth, social security number, address, drivers’ license
number, and schools attended. A statement in the motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis
seems to indicate that the alleged harm to his parents occurred in 1980. Named as Defendants in
the Complaint are the “Sate of Florida” [sic], “Sate of Florida tittle” [sic], the Miami-Dade Police
Department, and the Key Biscayne Police Department.
Upon consideration, the Court finds that it cannot discern the factual circumstances by
which the Plaintiff contends to be aggrieved. He fails to state any actions attributable to any
Defendant (or any individual for that matter), how those actions give rise to any claim for relief,
the basis of the Court’s jurisdiction, or the legal basis for the Court to grant any relief. As such,
the Court concludes that he has failed to state a claim upon which any relief may be granted, and
his Complaint shall be dismissed pursuant to Section 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii).
Accordingly, it is ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the Plaintiff’s Motion to Proceed In
Forma Pauperis [ECF No. 4] is DENIED, and the Plaintiff’s Complaint [ECF No. 1] is DISMISSED
This action is CLOSED.
DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at Miami, Florida, this 19th day of September, 2016.
DARRIN P. GAYLES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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