Patterson v. Berryhill
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this case is DISMISSED without prejudice. A separate order of dismissal will be entered herewith. IT IS HEREBY CERTIFIED than an appeal from this dismissal would not be taken in good faith. Signed by District Judge John A. Ross on 4/16/18. (JAB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
NANCY A. BERRYHILL,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court upon review of the file. On February 26, 2018, plaintiff
filed a "complaint in this Court. He submitted his complaint on a form used for seeking judicial
review of a decision of the commissioner of social security, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 405(g). He
neither paid the filing fee nor moved for leave to proceed in forma pauperis, and in a
Memorandum and Order dated March 15, 2018, he was ordered to do one or the other. He was
specifically cautioned that his failure to comply in a timely manner would result in the dismissal
of his case, without prejudice and without further notice. Plaintiffs response was due on April
Plaintiff neither complied with the Court's Order nor sought additional time to do so.
Instead, on April 9, 2018, he submitted a letter addressed to the Clerk of Court. Therein, plaintiff
wrote: "In the above case, I am today the baby. Our, Mr. Kenneth Eugene Patterson: Please
understand. When born, with a Swiss Amish doctor. See Attending Physician Certifies. That
baby can only cry, clean with mother. He cannot file his birth." (Docket No. 5). The letter also
references, inter alia, military service, Russian spy headquarters, and returning to Indiana to
avoid being shot by a spy who had taken his original Indiana vital record from a General's files.
Attached to the letter are copies of a physician's statement, a baptismal certificate, and a state of
Indiana vital record.
The letter is incomprehensible, and cannot be construed as an appropriate response to the
Court's March 15, 2018 Memorandum and Order. Plaintiff was given clear instructions and
meaningful notice of what was expected, and he was cautioned that his case would be dismissed
if he failed to timely comply. Therefore, this action will be dismissed without prejudice due to
plaintiffs failure to prosecute his case and his failure to comply with this Court's March 15,
2018 Memorandum and Order. Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b); Brown v. Frey, 806 F.2d 801, 803-04 (8th
Cir. 1986) (a district court has the power to dismiss an action for the plaintiffs failure to comply
with any court order).
As an additional matter, even if plaintiff had sought and been granted leave to proceed in
forma pauperis, his complaint would be subject to dismissal. In the complaint, plaintiff writes:
"Only Kenneth Eugene Patterson, of the above Missouri address was born in Washington,
Indiana on [redacted]. Not the other person using his SS number. The judge of our Daviess
Swiss Amish Court House States, Ken E is a true American." (Docket No. 1). Liberally
construed, these statements cannot be understood to seek relief that is available in an action
seeking judicial review of a decision of the commissioner of social security pursuant to 42
U.S.C. § 405(g), or in any other federal civil action.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this case is DISMISSED without prejudice.
separate order of dismissal will be entered herewith.
IT IS HEREBY CERTIFIED than an appeal from this dismissal would not be taken in
Dated this 16th day of April, 2018.
UNitJtD STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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