Johnson v. Commonwealth of Kentucky et al

Filing 3

MEMORANDUM OPINION & ORDER (1) plf's complaint is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE; and (2) plf's application to proceed in forma pauperis, record 2 is DENIED. Signed by Judge Joseph M. Hood. (JMW)cc: COR

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Johnson v. Commonwealth of Kentucky et al Doc. 3 Case 5:06-cv-00173-JMH Document 3 Filed 06/02/2006 Page 1 of 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY LEXINGTON DIVISION Sastern District of Kentucky FILED JUN 0 2 2006 AT LEXINGTON LESLIE G WHITMER CLERK U S DISTRICT COURT CIVIL ACTION NO. 06-CV-173-JMH MARCUS BOND JOHNSON PLAINTIFF vs : MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER DEFENDANTS COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY, ET AL. Marcus Bond Johnson, a non-prisoner plaintiff, has filed a handwritten document with the Court [Record No. 11, which the Court construes as a complaint. It is one of ninepro se complaints filed by Johnson in the last thirty days. That complaint asserts that the defendants have attempted to murder the plaintiff by denying him food, clothing, shelter, and other necessities of life, including smoking, drinking, getting a good haircut, and watching television. A pro se complaint is held to less stringent standards than those composed by an attorney and should be construed as alleging all fairly and reasonably inferred claims, Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520 (1972). But Federal Rule of Civil Procedure S(a) still requires a p r o se plaintiffs complaint to include (1) a short and plain statement of the grounds upon which the court's jurisdiction depends..., (2) a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief, and (3) a demand for judgment for the relief the pleader seeks. A complaint that fails to meet these basic requirements should be dismissed without prejudice. Parker v. Debuono, 2000 WL 223841 (S.D.N.Y. 2000); Vicom, Inc. v. Harbridge Merchant Services, 20 F.3d 771,775 (7th Cir. 1994). This is equally true ofpro se complaints, which may be dismissed sua sponte if Case 5:06-cv-00173-JMH Document 3 Filed 06/02/2006 Page 2 of 4 they fail to satisfy the requirements of Rule 8. Owens v. Suter, 2003 WL 942554 (S.D.N.Y. 2003); Boswell v. Honorable Governor of Texas, 138 F.Supp.2d 782,785 (N.D. Texas 2000) ("[ilt is not the Court's place to speculate or imagine what the plaintiffs claims may be."); Wells v. Brown, 891 F.2d 591,594 (6th Cir. 1989); Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319,327 (1989). Johnson's complaint does not satisfy even the minimal pleading requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8, which requires a plaintiff to set forth a JI and ~ & statement of the facts supporting each allegation in the complaint. The plaintiffs complaint presents no discernible federal claim and is therefore subject to dismissal pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(l). Apple v. Glenn, 183 F.3d 477 (6" Cir. 1999), cert. denied, 528 U.S. 1198 (2000); Hagunsv. Lavine, 415 U.S. 528, 537 (1974); Health Cost Controls v. Skinner, 44 F.3d 535, 537 (7th Cir. 1995) (court should dismiss claims that are "so attenuated and unsubstantial as to be absolutely devoid of merit, wholly insubstantial, or obviously frivolous" for lack of jurisdiction pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(l)). Johnson also makes no allegation to invoke this Court's subject matter jurisdiction, Thomson v. Gaiskill, 315 U.S. 442 (1942) (plaintiff must expressly allege basis for court's subject matter jurisdiction), rendering the complaint subject to dismissal under Wells or Neitzke. The Court has previously afforded Johnson the opportunity to amend his complaints in other actions that he has recently filed. But the present complaint utterly fails to assert any discernible federal claim, and the plaintiffs filing of numerous and patently insubstantial complaints counsel against granting such an opportunity here. The complaint will therefore be dismissed without prejudice. 2 Case 5:06-cv-00173-JMH Document 3 Filed 06/02/2006 Page 3 of 4 Johnson is hereby fixther advised that the Court possesses the inherent authority to prevent the abuse of the judicial process by enjoining those who file multiple, frivolous, or malicious pleadings. Filipas v. Lemons, 835 F.2d 1145, 1146 (6th Cir. 1987); In re Green, 669 F.2d 779,784 (D.C. Cir. 1981); Chambers v. NASCO, Inc., 501 U.S. 32, 44 (1991) ("`Courts of justice are universally acknowledged to be vested, by their very creation, with power to impose silence, respect, and decorum, in their presence, and submission to their lawful mandates."', citing Anderson v. Dunn, 6 Wheat. 204, 227, 5 L.Ed. 242 (1 82 1)); 28 U.S.C. 6 1651(a) ("The Supreme Court and all courts established by Act of Congress may issue all writs necessary or appropriate in aid of their respective jurisdictions and agreeable to the usages and principles of law."); Tripati v. Beaman, 878 F.2d 351,352 (10th Cir. 1989). Where a litigant has "demonstrated a `history of unsubstantial and vexatious litigation [amounting to] an abuse of the permission granted to him to proceed as apauper in good faith . . ."', the Court may enter an order prospectively denying informapauperis status and direct the Clerk of the Court to return unfiled any complaint or petition submitted by the litigant unless accompanied by the appropriate filing fee. Reneer v. Sewell, 975 F.2d 258,260-61 (6th Cir. 1992). The Court will not invoke this authority at this time, but Johnson is cautioned that if he continues to file complaints with the Court that plainly fail to comply with the procedural requirements of the Court, he will be directed to show cause why an order should not be entered directing the Clerk of the Court to refuse further filings from him unless he prepays the entire $350.00 filing fee. Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED as follows: (1) Plaintiffs complaint is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. 3 Case 5:06-cv-00173-JMH Document 3 Filed 06/02/2006 Page 4 of 4 (2) Plaintiffs application to proceed in forma pauperis under 28 U.S.C. $1915(a) [Record No. 21 is DENIED. This the 2-day B of June, 2006. PH d. HOOD, CHIEF JUDGE Date of Service and Entry: A^. kkM73 4

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