Bey v. United States of America
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis is GRANTED. A separate Order of Dismissal will be filed forthwith. Signed by District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr on 4/6/16. (CSG)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
a/k/a Nycere Bey,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
No. 4:16CV273 DDN
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on plaintiff=s motion for leave to proceed in forma
pauperis and submission of a civil complaint.1 The Court has reviewed plaintiff=s financial
information, and the Court will allow plaintiff to proceed without paying the filing fee.
However, plaintiff=s allegations are legally frivolous, and the Court will dismiss this action
without further proceedings.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B), the Court must dismiss a complaint filed in forma
pauperis if the action is frivolous, malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief can be
granted, or seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief.
is frivolous if it Alacks an arguable basis in either law or fact.@ Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319,
328 (1989); Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25, 31 (1992). An action is malicious if it is
This matter was transferred to the Court from the United States District Court for the Northern
District of Georgia, Atlanta Division. The Northern District of Georgia provisionally granted
plaintiff’s motion to proceed in forma pauperis for the purposes of transferring plaintiff’s case to
this District. After full review of plaintiff’s financial affidavit, the Court will grant plaintiff’s
motion to proceed in forma pauperis in its entirety.
undertaken for the purpose of harassing the named defendants and not for the purpose of
vindicating a cognizable right. Spencer v. Rhodes, 656 F. Supp. 458, 461-63 (E.D.N.C. 1987),
aff=d 826 F.2d 1059 (4th Cir. 1987). A complaint fails to state a claim if it does not plead Aenough
facts to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.@ Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S.
544, 570 (2007).
Plaintiff, a self-described Asovereign@ Moorish American, brings this action against the
United States for alleged violations of the UCC with respect to a criminal action in which he pled
guilty to falsely pretending to be a diplomatic consular. See United States v. Flanagan,
4:13CR123 RWS (E.D. Mo.). In his guilty plea agreement, plaintiff specifically stated that his
plea was voluntary and that he was, in fact, guilty. Id. Plaintiff now claims the conviction
violated his rights because he can call himself a diplomatic consular if he so chooses. Plaintiff=s
complaint is filled with nonsensical arguments relating to the UCC.
The complaint is legally frivolous because plaintiff=s allegations are gibberish.
Petitioner cannot unilaterally bestow sovereign or diplomatic immunity upon himself. See United
States v. Lumumba, 741 F.2d 12, 15 (2d Cir. 1984). And the United States does not consider the
Moorish nation to be sovereign. See Benton-El v. Odom, 2007 WL 1812615 *6 (M.D. Ga. June
19, 2007); Osiris v. Brown, 2004 WL 2044904 *2 (D.N.J. Aug. 24, 2005); Khattab El v. United
States Justice Dept., 1988 WL 5117 *2 (E.D. Pa. Jan. 22, 1988). As a result, the Court will
dismiss this action without further proceedings.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff=s motion for leave to proceed in forma
pauperis is GRANTED.
A separate Order of Dismissal will be filed forthwith.
Dated this 6th day of April, 2016.
STEPHEN N. LIMBAUGH, JR.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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