Mosley v. Willson
OPINION; signed by Judge Gordon J. Quist (Judge Gordon J. Quist, jmt)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
JODY K. MOSLEY,
Case No. 1:17-CV-76
HON. GORDON J. QUIST
Plaintiff, Jody K. Mosley, proceeding pro se, has filed a one-page complaint against Sally
Willson, a supervisor at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which alleges:
I was violated by Ms S. Willson at the DHS office. Instead of allowing me to move,
I was made homeless, violated when tryed [sic] to move they refused to give me
deposit, when my lease was over, result making me homeless plus not perviding [sic]
me help[.] She also is miss D. Gazar’s supervissor [sic] which together they have
stopped, medical deposit, help with moving, but most of all have worker violate my
(ECF No. 1.) The only relief Mosley requests is “criminal charges.”1 (Id.)
On January 26, 2017, the magistrate judge issued an order granting Mosley leave to proceed
in forma pauperis. (ECF No. 4.) Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2), the Court is required to
dismiss any action brought under federal law if the complaint is frivolous, malicious, fails to state
a claim upon which relief can be granted, or seeks monetary relief from a defendant immune from
such relief. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2); see also Benson v. O'Brian, 179 F.3d 1014, 1016 (6th Cir.
1999) (holding that "§ 1915(e)(2) applies only to in forma pauperis proceedings"). The Court must
This is one of nine cases that Mosley filed in this Court in January of 2017. The Court previously dismissed
Case Nos. 1:17-CV-7, 9, 10, 11, and 13 on February 17, 2017.
read Podewell’s pro se complaint indulgently, see Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520, 92 S. Ct.
594, 596 (1972), and accept his allegations as true, unless they are clearly irrational or wholly
incredible. Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25, 33, 112 S. Ct. 1728, 1733 (1992).
For the reasons set forth below, Mosley fails to state a claim and his complaint must be
dismissed as required by § 1915(e)(2).
A complaint may be dismissed for failure to state a claim if “‘it fails to give the defendant
fair notice of what the . . . claim is and the grounds upon which it rests.’” Bell Atlantic Corp. v.
Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 555 (2007) (quoting Conley v. Gibson, 355 U.S. 41, 45-46 (1957). While
a complaint need not contain detailed factual allegations, a plaintiff’s allegations must include more
than labels and conclusions. Twombly, 550 U.S. at 555; Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009)
(“Threadbare recitals of the elements of a cause of action, supported by mere conclusory statements,
do not suffice.”). A court must determine whether the complaint contains “enough facts to state a
claim to relief that is plausible on its face.” Twombly, 550 U.S. at 570. “A claim has facial
plausibility when the plaintiff pleads factual content that allows the court to draw the reasonable
inference that the defendant is liable for the misconduct alleged.” Ashcroft, 556 U.S. at 678.
Although the plausibility standard is not equivalent to a “‘probability requirement,’ . . . it asks for
more than a sheer possibility that a defendant has acted unlawfully.” Id. (quoting Twombly, 550
U.S. at 556). “[W]here the well-pleaded facts do not permit the court to infer more than the mere
possibility of misconduct, the complaint has alleged – but it has not ‘show[n]’ – that the pleader is
entitled to relief.” Id. at 679 (quoting FED. R. CIV. P. 8(a)(2)).
Mosley fails to allege sufficient facts giving rise to a claim under federal law. He refers to
violation of his rights, but fails to state what rights were violated or to cite the law under which such
rights arise. “Although pro se pleadings are to be liberally construed, courts are not required to
conjure up unpleaded allegations or guess at the nature of an argument.” Brown v. Cracker Barrel
Rest., 22 F. App’x 577, 578 (6th Cir. 2001) (citing Wells v. Brown, 891 F.2d 591, 594 (6th Cir.
1989)). Moreover, Mosley may not use this civil proceeding to bring criminal charges and, in fact,
“[i]n his capacity as a private citizen, [Mosley] lacks standing and legal authority to initiate or
compel the initiation of federal criminal proceedings against defendant [Monski].” Theriot v.
Woods, No. 2:09-cv-199, 2010 WL 623684, at *13 (W.D. Mich. Fe b. 18, 2010).
An Order consistent with this Opinion will be entered.
Dated: March 6, 2017
/s/ Gordon J. Quist
GORDON J. QUIST
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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