BROWN v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al
MEMORANDUM AND/OR OPINION. SIGNED BY HONORABLE LEGROME D. DAVIS ON 4/11/17. 4/12/17 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED TO PRO SE PLAINTIFF.(rf, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
JASON LEE BROWN
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF
JUSTICE, et al.
APRIL 11th , 2017
Plaintiff Jason Lee Brown brings this civil action against the United States Department of
Justice, the United States Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States Congress, and the
Delaware County Office of Judicial Support (Delaware County Courthouse & Government
Center). He seeks leave to proceed in forma pauperis. The Court will grant plaintiff leave to
proceed in forma pauperis and dismiss his complaint.
Plaintiff alleges that the events giving rise to his claims took place on March 16, 2017
between 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. His complaint is based entirely on the following allegations: 1
The plaintiff is being used as a legislative component by both, United States
Senate and House of Representatives in which the United States Congress is
responsible for the theft of trade secrets and also committing acts of peonage,
forced labor, etc. The United States Congress possessed trade secret through
fraud, deception and artifice, placing the plaintiff through forced labor.
(Compl. at 3.)
Plaintiff’s motion to proceed in forma pauperis is granted because it appears that he
cannot afford to pay the fees to commence this civil action. Accordingly, 28 U.S.C. §
Although plaintiff wrote “additional sheets of paper necessary” on his complaint, he did not
attach any additional papers to his pleading.
1915(e)(2)(B)(i) requires the Court to dismiss the complaint if it is frivolous. A complaint is
frivolous if it “lacks an arguable basis either in law or in fact,” Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319,
325 (1989), and is legally baseless if it is “based on an indisputably meritless legal theory.”
Deutsch v. United States, 67 F.3d 1080, 1085 (3d Cir. 1995). Additionally, Federal Rule of Civil
Procedure 8(a) requires a complaint to contain “a short and plain statement of the claim showing
that the pleader is entitled to relief.” A district court may sua sponte dismiss a complaint that
does not comply with Rule 8 if “the complaint is so confused, ambiguous, vague, or otherwise
unintelligible that its true substance, if any, is well disguised.” Simmons v. Abruzzo, 49 F.3d 83,
86 (2d Cir. 1995) (quotations omitted). As plaintiff is proceeding pro se, the Court construes his
allegations liberally. Higgs v. Att’y Gen., 655 F.3d 333, 339 (3d Cir. 2011).
Even giving plaintiff’s allegations the broadest possible construction, the Court cannot
clearly discern the factual basis for his claims or fathom a non-frivolous basis for a claim against
the named defendants, especially in light of the immunity afforded to them under the civil rights
laws. See Corr. Servs. Corp. v. Malesko, 534 U.S. 61, 71 (2001) (explaining that Bivens “is
concerned solely with deterring the unconstitutional acts of individual officers”); F.D.I.C. v.
Meyer, 510 U.S. 471, 475 (1994) (“Absent a waiver, sovereign immunity shields the Federal
Government and its agencies from suit.”); Will v. Mich. Dep’t of State Police, 491 U.S. 58, 65-66
(1989) (states are entitled to Eleventh Amendment immunity from claims under 42 U.S.C. §
1983 and are not “persons” for purposes of that provision); Benn v. First Judicial Dist. of Pa.,
426 F.3d 233, 241 (3d Cir. 2005) (state courts in Pennsylvania share in the Commonwealth’s
Eleventh Amendment immunity). Accordingly, the Court will dismiss the complaint as legally
frivolous and for failure to comply with Rule 8(a). Plaintiff will not be given leave to file an
amended complaint as amendment would be futile, especially in light of plaintiff’s prior
frivolous filings in this Court. 2 An appropriate order follows, which shall be docketed
See E.D. Pa. Civ. A. Nos. 16-6349; 16-5610; 16-5059; 16-4578 & 16-2660.
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