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Imhotep Jordan, Jr v. Marilyn L. Huff

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


October 20, 2011

IMHOTEP JORDAN, JR.,
AKA JOHN JORDAN, CDCR #C-71742, PLAINTIFF,
v.
MARILYN L. HUFF, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Roger T. Benitez United States District Judge

ORDER:

(1) DISMISSING CIVIL ACTION FEES AND FOR FAILING TO MOVE IN FORMA PAUPERIS AND

(2) AS FRIVOLOUS AND TO 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1) FOR FAILING TO PAY FILING MALICIOUS PURSUANT

Plaintiff, currently incarcerated at Calipatria State Prison, in Calipatria, California, and proceeding pro se, has filed a civil action entitled "Demand for Contractual Oath of Office Duties" [ECF No. 1], in which he seeks to sue an Article III Judge for various violations of a "contractual oath of office."*fn1

I. FAILURE TO PAY FILING FEE OR REQUEST IFPSTATUS

Any party instituting a civil action, suit or proceeding in a district court of the United States, other than a writ of habeas corpus, must pay a filing fee of $350. See 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a). An action may proceed despite a party's failure to pay only if the party is granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis ("IFP") pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). See Andrews v. Cervantes, 493 F.3d 1047, 1051 (9th Cir. 2007); Rodriguez v. Cook, 169 F.3d 1176, 1177 (9th Cir. 1999). However, Plaintiff has not prepaid the $350 filing fee required to commence a civil action; nor has he submitted a Motion to Proceed IFP. Therefore, the case must be dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a).

II. INITIAL SCREENING PER 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)

Pursuant to the Prison Litigation Reform Act ("PLRA"), 28 U.S.C. § 1915A, the Court is obligated to review complaints filed by anyone "incarcerated or detained in any facility who is accused of, sentenced for, or adjudicated delinquent for, violations of criminal law or the terms or conditions of parole, probation, pretrial release, or diversionary program," "as soon as practicable after docketing" and regardless of whether the prisoner prepays filing fees or moves to proceed IFP. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a), (c). The Court must sua sponte dismiss prisoner complaints, or any portions thereof, which are frivolous, malicious, or fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b); Resnick v. Hayes, 213 F.3d 443, 446-47 (9th Cir. 2000).

While Plaintiff's action is practically indecipherable, he apparently seeks to sue a United States District Judge demanding that she abide by her "contractual oath of office" which requires "defending and support the rights vested to me by the way of the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of California as a free born living breathing flesh and blood god created sovereign sentient being." (Compl. at 1.)

A complaint is frivolous "where it lacks an arguable basis either in law or in fact." Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 325 (1989). Here, there is no question that Plaintiff's suit lacks any arguable basis in law, and is therefore frivolous under § 1915A(b)(1). And, to the extent Plaintiff alleges any facts at all, they appear "fanciful," "fantastic," and "delusional" and are clearly baseless. Id. at 328. In fact, Plaintiff's pleading, when considered in light of his pattern of frivolous submissions in this district, may further be classified as "malicious" insofar as it appears to lack good faith and "suggest[s] an intent to vex the defendants or abuse the judicial process." See Crisafi v. Holland, 655 F.2d 1305, 1309 (D.C. Cir. 1981) (a complaint may be inferred to be "malicious" if it suggests an intent to abuse the judicial process by relitigating claims decided in prior cases; or if it threatens violence or contains "disrespectful references to the Court"); accord Aston v. Probst, 217 F.3d 844, 844 (9th Cir. 2000) (table disposition).

For these reasons, the Court dismisses the entirety of Plaintiff's Complaint as frivolous and malicious pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1).

III. CONCLUSION AND ORDER

For the reasons set forth above, the Court hereby:

(1) DISMISSES this action sua sponte without prejudice for failing to pay the $350 filing fee or file a Motion to Proceed IFP pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1914(a) and 1915(a).

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that:

(2) Plaintiff's Complaint is DISMISSED as frivolous and malicious pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1). Moreover, because the Court finds amendment futile, leave to amend is DENIED. See Cahill v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 80 F.3d 336, 339 (9th Cir. 1996) (denial of leave to amend is not an abuse of discretion where further amendment would be futile); see also Robinson v. California Bd. of Prison Terms, 997 F. Supp. 1303, 1308 (C.D. Cal. 1998) ("Since plaintiff has not, and cannot, state a claim containing an arguable basis in law, this action should be dismissed without leave to amend; any amendment would be futile.") (citing Newland v. Dalton, 81 F.3d 904, 907 (9th Cir. 1996)).

(3) Finally, this Court CERTIFIES that any IFP appeal from this Order would not be taken "in good faith" pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3). See Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 445 (1962); Gardner v. Pogue, 558 F.2d 548, 550 (9th Cir. 1977) (indigent appellant is permitted to proceed IFP on appeal only if appeal would not be frivolous).

(4) The Clerk of Court shall close the file. IT IS SO ORDERED.


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