Coopman v. U.S. of America
MEMORANDUM OPINION & ORDER: 1) DENYING 1 MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis by Manuel Coopman; 2) Plaintiff's Complaint [Record No. 2] is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE; 3) This is a FINAL AND APPEALABLE ORDER; 4) The Court certifies that any appeal would not be taken in good faith. Signed by Judge David L. Bunning. (JMM)cc: COR
Coopman v. U.S. of America
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EASTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY NORTHERN DIVISION at COVINGTON CIVIL ACTION NO. 07-CV-92-DLB MANUEL COOPMAN
MAY 3 1 2007
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Plaintiff Manuel Coopman ("Coopman")has filed a civil complaint utilizing a court-supplied form for filing civil rights actions under 42 U.S.C. $1983 [Record No. 21 along with a motion to proceed in forma pauperis [Record No. 11. In his complaint, Coopman alleges generally that the monetary system utilized in this country unfairly discriminates among people and causes a form of slavery and psychological assault in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution ofthe United States. Coopman names as defendants the President of the United States, Congress, all government employees, police, attorneys, mayors, judges, psychologists, actors, directors, and musicians. Coopman includes a detailed list of changes to political, economic, and social structures to remedy these alleged violations. Because Coopman is proceeding without the benefit of an attorney, the Court reads his complaint to include all fairly and reasonably inferred claims. Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 5 19,520 (1972). But his complaint must satisfy the requirements of the rules of civil procedure, which requires his complaint to explain the basis ofthe Court'sjurisdiction over his claims and the factual basis for his claims along with a detailed request for relief. Fed.R.Civ.P. 8(a). Any complaint must meet these requirements, and one that does not must be dismissed, without prejudice to refiling a new complaint that satisfies these requirements. Harman v. Gist, 2003 WL 22053591 (N.D. Ill.
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2003); Boswell v. Honorable Governor o Texas, 138 F.Supp.2d 782,785 (N.D. Texas 2000) (``tilt f is not the Court's place to speculate or imagine what the plaintiffs claims may be."); Parker v. Debuono, 2000 WL 223841 (S.D.N.Y. 2000). The Court can readily discern that Coopman invokes this Court's jurisdiction over federal questions under 28 U.S.C. 9 1331, and this requirement is therefore deemed satisfied. The other two requirements are plainly not satisfied, however. With respect to the requirement that a plaintiff allege his claims specifically, Coopman's complaint fails because he does not identify specific individuals or allege specific actions which resulted in his injury. Rather, he identifiesbroad classes of people performing certain government functions as defendants. His requested relief suffers from a similar shortcoming--Coopman identifiesbroad social changes that he wishes to implement rather than specific relief. Because the Court is unable to grant this relief, his claims are rendered moot.
In sum, Coopman's complaint must be dismissed because he is attempting to use a civil lawsuit as
a vehicle to implement broad and sweeping social change, something that can and should be achieved through participation in the democratic process rather than imposed by a court of law. When a civil complaint suffers fkom such fundamental defects, the complaint will be dismissed, without prejudice, for lack of subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(1). Apple v. Glenn, 183 F.3d 477 (6th Cir. 1999), cert. denied, 528 U.S. 1198 (2000). Coopman's motion to proceed informa pauperis under 28 U.S.C. Ej1915(a) [Record No. 11 was completed on a form designed for use byprisoners, and does not provide sufficient information for a court to assess a non-prisoner's ability to pay the $350.00 filing fee. Accordingly, the motion will be denied.
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Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED as follows: (1) (2) (3) (4) Plaintiffs motion to proceed in forma pauperis [Record No. 13 is DENIED. The plaintiffs complaint [RecordNo.21 is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. This is a FINAL AND APPEALABLE ORDER. The Court certifies that any appeal would not be taken in good faith. 28 U.S.C.
$1915(a)(3); McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601,610-11 (6th Cir. 1997). This
day of May, 2007.
Signed By: David 1 Bunning . United 8tclt08 Mtrid Judge
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