Roberson v. Davis et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION OF THE COURT. Signed by District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr on 2/3/2017. (xc:Pro se party by regular and certified mail.)(DOCKET TEXT SUMMARY ONLY-ATTORNEYS MUST OPEN THE PDF AND READ THE ORDER.)(jw)
N THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
NATASHA DAVIS et al.,
Plaintiff Kenneth Roberson, proceeding pro se, filed a complaint against Defendants
Natasha Davis, M. Seecrest, and D. Young.
(Doc. No. 1.) Additionally, Plaintiff filed a
document styled “Proceed Without Pay” (Doc. No. 2) that did not comply with the requirements
of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(1). On December 21, 2016, the Court issued an order directing Plaintiff
to pay the filing fee or to properly apply to proceed in forma pauperis. The Court also directed
the Clerk to forward to Plaintiff a blank Application to Proceed in District Court without
Prepaying Fees or Costs (long form). Plaintiff has not paid the filing fee, nor has he properly
applied to proceed in forma pauperis. Nevertheless, even if Plaintiff had complied with the
Court’s December 21, 2016 Order, this action would be dismissed because the Court lacks
subject matter jurisdiction to hear Plaintiff’s claim.
In its entirety, the complaint alleges:
I: a man claim:
The said wrongdoers( s) trespass upon my property;
The causal agent of the trespass, comes by way of its use of a forged
instrument, The trespass did and does harm and injury to my property;
The commencement of the wrong and harm began on November 6, 2016;
The wrong and harm continues until this day;
I, require compensation for the initial and continual trespass upon my
property; Compensation due: Three-hundred and ninety-one thousand,
(Doc. No. 1.)
STANDARD OF REVIEW
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2), the Court is required to conduct an initial review of
any complaint filed in forma pauperis and to dismiss the complaint if it is facially frivolous or
malicious, if it fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or if it seeks monetary
relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief. Begola v. Brown, 172 F.3d 47
(Table), 1998 WL 894722, at *1 (6th Cir. Dec. 14, 1998) (citing McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114
F.3d 601, 604 (6th Cir. 1997), overruled on other grounds by Jones v. Bock, 549 U.S. 199
(2007)). The Court must construe a pro se plaintiff’s complaint liberally, Boag v. McDaniel, 454
U.S. 364, 365 (1982), and accept the plaintiff’s allegations as true unless they are clearly
irrational or wholly incredible. Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25, 33 (1992).
While pro se litigants are held to a less stringent standard, they are not, however, exempt
from the requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Wells v. Brown, 891 F.2d 591,
594 (6th Cir. 1989). The Court is not required to create a claim for the plaintiff. Clark v. Nat’l
Travelers Life Ins. Co., 518 F.2d 1167, 1169 (6th Cir. 1975); see also Brown v. Matauszak, 415
F. App'x 608, 613 (6th Cir. 2011) (“[A] court cannot create a claim which [a plaintiff] has not
spelled out in his pleading”) (internal quotation marks and citation omitted); Payne v. Sec’y of
Treas., 73 F. App’x 836, 837 (6th Cir. 2003) (affirming sua sponte dismissal of complaint
pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a)(2) and stating, “[n]either this court nor the district court is
required to create Payne's claim for her”).
It appears that Plaintiff is complaining about the Defendants trespassing on his property.
The federal courts are courts of limited jurisdiction, and Plaintiff has the burden of proving the
Court’s jurisdiction. United States v. Horizon Healthcare, 160 F.3d 326, 329 (6th Cir. 1998).
Even where subject matter jurisdiction is not raised by the parties, the Court must consider the
issue sua sponte. See City of Kenosha v. Bruno, 412 U.S. 507, 511 (1973); Norris v. Schotten,
146 F.3d 314, 324 (6th Cir. 1998); Mickler v. Nimishillen & Tuscarawas Ry. Co., 13 F.3d 184,
189 (6th Cir. 1993).
Jurisdiction in this Court is reserved for cases: (1) that “arise under the Constitution, laws
or treatises of the United States,” 28 U.S.C. § 1331; and (2) where the matter in controversy
exceeds the sum or value of $75,000 and the action is between (a) citizens of different States; (b)
citizens of a State and citizens or subjects of a foreign state; (c) citizens of different States and in
which citizens or subjects of a foreign state are additional parties; and (d) a foreign state and
citizens of a State or of different States, 28 U.S.C. §1332.
Plaintiff has failed to allege facts sufficient for the Court to determine the propriety of
exercising jurisdiction. He has not alleged any claims that would satisfy the requirements of 28
U.S.C. § 1331, nor has he alleged any facts to establish any of the requirements set forth in 28
U.S.C. §1332. As such, the Complaint must be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
For the reasons set forth herein, the Complaint will be dismissed for lack of subject
matter jurisdiction. For the same reasons that the Court dismisses this action, the Court finds that
an appeal of this action would not be taken in good faith. The Court therefore certifies, pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that any appeal in this matter by Plaintiff would not be taken in good
faith, and Plaintiff will not be granted leave by this Court to proceed on appeal in forma
An appropriate order will be entered.
WAVERLY D. CRENSHAW, JR.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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