Beard v. United States et al
OPINION and ORDER Dismissing the Complaint re 1 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus. Signed by District Judge Bernard A. Friedman. (TMcg)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
WARREN K. BEARD,
Civil Action No. 17-CV-10851
HON. BERNARD A. FRIEDMAN
UNITED STATES, et al.,
OPINION AND ORDER DISMISSING THE COMPLAINT
This matter is before the Court on the Court’s own review of the petition for a
writ of habeas corpus [docket entry 1]. The gist of the petition is that in 2007, petitioner
narrowly escaped assassination by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (“CIA”), whose
actions against petitioner were authorized by a “[c]lassified executive court.” Petitioner argues
that because this assassination attempt violates Executive Orders and case law, he is entitled to
This is not the first time petitioner has alleged CIA malfeasance: In 2015, he filed
a complaint against the, Michelle Meeks, and the United States of America, alleging practically
the same facts as those in the instant petition. There, the Court dismissed petitioner’s complaint
as frivolous under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i). August 26, 2016, Opinion and Order in Beard
v. Central Intelligence Agency, et al., No. 15-cv-10958.
For the same reason, the Court
dismisses the instant petition.
28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i) states that the Court “shall dismiss the case at any
time if the court determines that the” action “is frivolous or malicious”; that is, “if it lacks an
arguable basis in law or fact.” Brown v. Bargery, 207 F.3d 863, 866 (6th Cir. 2000). This
includes “allegations that are ‘fantastic or delusional.’ Id. (citation omitted).
In the instant case, petitioner’s totally unjustified and unsubstantiated assertions
are just that. This is true even though the Court holds petitioner’s pro se pleading “to less
stringent standards” than lawyer-drafted pleadings. See Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520
(1972). There is not a shred of supporting evidence indicating that the CIA attempted to
assassinate him, and the Court finds his claims fantastical and delusional.1
IT IS ORDERED that petitioner’s application to proceed in forma pauperis is
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the petition is dismissed.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that no certificate of appealability shall issue and
that petitioner may not proceed on appeal in forma pauperis, as petitioner has not made a
substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right and any appeal would be frivolous.
s/Bernard A. Friedman
BERNARD A. FRIEDMAN
SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: March 21, 2017
Indeed, that petitioner has not disappeared without a trace is strong evidence that the CIA does not want to kill
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