Trump v. Cleveland Ohio Courts et al
Memorandum of Opinion granting plaintiff's Motion to proceed in forma pauperis (Related Doc # 2 ) and this action is dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e). The Court certifies, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an appeal from this decision could not be taken in good faith. Judge Donald C. Nugent (C,KA)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
OSHA NATIONS TRUMP,
(also known as Nathaniel J. Mahoney),
CLEVELAND OHIO COURTS, et al.,
CASE NO. 1:13 CV 1880
JUDGE DONALD C. NUGENT
MEMORANDUM OF OPINION
Pro se plaintiff Osha Nations Trump (a.k.a., Nathaniel J. Mahoney) filed the above
captioned action against the Cleveland, Ohio courts, the Wyoming Courts (Casper), and Microsoft.
The complaint is rambling and incoherent, but it appears that plaintiff is alleging defendants stole
money from him. Plaintiff has also filed a motion to proceed in forma pauperis. For the reasons
that follow, that motion is granted and this action is dismissed.
Although pro se pleadings are liberally construed, Boag v. MacDougall, 454 U.S.
364, 365 (1982) (per curiam); Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520 (1972), the district court is
required to dismiss any claim under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e) if it fails to state a basis upon which relief
can be granted, or if it lacks an arguable basis in law or fact. Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319
(1989); Lawler v. Marshall, 898 F.2d 1196 (6th Cir.1990); Sistrunk v. City of Strongsville, 99 F.3d
194, 197 (6th Cir.1996). A cause of action fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted
when it lacks “plausibility in the complaint.” Bell At. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 564 (2007).
A pleading must contain a “short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled
to relief.” Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 677-78 (2009). The factual allegations in the pleading
must be sufficient to raise the right to relief above the speculative level on the assumption that all
the allegations in the complaint are true. Twombly, 550 U.S. at 555. The plaintiff is not required
to include detailed factual allegations, but must provide more than “an unadorned, the-defendantunlawfully-harmed-me accusation.” Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 678 (2009). A pleading that offers legal
conclusions or a simple recitation of the elements of a cause of action will not meet this pleading
Principles requiring generous construction of pro se pleadings are not without limits.
Beaudett v. City of Hampton, 775 F.2d 1274, 1277 (4th Cir. 1985). District courts are not required
to conjure up questions never squarely presented to them or to construct full blown claims from
sentence fragments. Id. at 1278. To do so would “require . . . [the courts] to explore exhaustively
all potential claims of a pro se plaintiff, . . . [and] would . . . transform the district court from its
legitimate advisory role to the improper role of an advocate seeking out the strongest arguments and
most successful strategies for a party.” Id. at 1278. Dismissal is appropriate “when the facts alleged
rise to the level of the irrational or wholly incredible . . . .” Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25
(1992). Even given the most liberal construction, the complaint does not contain allegations
remotely suggesting plaintiff might have a valid federal claim, or even that there is a reasonable
basis for this Court’s jurisdiction. This case is therefore appropriately subject to summary dismissal.
Apple v. Glenn, 183 F.3d 477 (6th Cir. 1999); see, Hagans v. Lavine, 415 U.S. 528, 536-37 (1974)
(citing numerous Supreme Court cases for the proposition that attenuated or unsubstantial claims
divest the district court of jurisdiction); see also, In re Bendectin Litig., 857 F.2d 290, 300 (6th Cir.
1988) (recognizing that federal question jurisdiction is divested by unsubstantial claims).
Accordingly, for the forgoing reasons, plaintiff’s motion to proceed in forma pauperis
is granted and this action is dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e). The Court certifies, pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an appeal from this decision could not be taken in good faith.1
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/Donald C. Nugent
DONALD C. NUGENT
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: _November 4, 2013__
28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3) provides, “An appeal may not be taken in forma pauperis if the trial
court certifies that it is not taken in good faith.”
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