Banks v. JFK Estate's
Order Dismissing Case as Frivolous - Signed by Chief Judge James C. Dever III on 3/23/2017. (Briggeman, N.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
MELVIN EARL BANKS,
Melvin Earl Banks ("Banks" or "plaintiff') filed this action pro se and paid the filing fee.
See [D.E. 1]. As explained below, the court dismisses Banks's complaint as frivolous.
Banks asserts jurisdiction based on: "JFK Estate's- I'm first home son, I'm little boy
kidnap for year's, they's hidden me from my father estate @etc." Compl. [D.E. 1] 2. Banks
All JFK Estate's @ etc.
Index A-Z (All documents of the states.)
All family's picture's @ etc.
All name's of kid's of JFK@ other member's@ etc.
See id. Banks seeks the following relief: "All destroy@damage's record's of JFK estate's@all
etc index's A-Z! !! All documents of JFK estate's @ etc." Id. at 3.
The standard used to evaluate the sufficiency of a pleading is flexible, "and a pro ·se
complaint, however inartfully pleaded, must be held to less stringent standards than formal pleadings
drafted by lawyers." Erickson v. Pardus, 551 U.S. 89, 94 (2007) (per curiam) (internal quotation
marks omitted). Erickso!l, however, does not undermine the "requirement that a pleading contain
'more than labels and conclusions.'" Giarratano v. Johnson, 521 F.3d 298, 304 n.5 (4th Cir. 2008)
(quoting Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 555 (2007)); see Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S.
662, 677-83 (2009); Coleman v. Md. Court of Appeals, 626 F.3d 187, 190 (4th Cir. 2010), aff'd,
132 S. Ct. 1327 (2012); Nemet Chevrolet. Ltd. v. Consumeraffairs.com. Inc.; 591F.3d250, 255-56
(4th Cir. 2009); Francis v. Giacomelli, 588 F.3d 186, 193 (4th Cir. 2009).
Banks's complaint is incoherent. A district court has "the inherent authority ... to ensure
that a plaintiff has standing, that subject matter jurisdiction exists, and that a case is not frivolous."
Gibson v. NSA, No. 6:15-132-HMH-JDA, 2015 WL 1519970, at *2 (D.S.C. Mar. 12, 2015)
(unpublished) (collecting cases), R&R
2015 WL 1520000 (D.S.C. Mar. 30, 2015)
(unpublished); see Mallard v. U.S. Dist. CoYrt, 490 U.S. 296, 307-08 (1989).
Jn sum, the court DISivllSSES the action as frivolous. The clerk shall close the case.
SO ORDERED. This 1J day of March 2017.
Chief United States District Judge
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