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Karen Heaps and Jessica Birk v. Bill Clinton

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


May 15, 2012

KAREN HEAPS AND JESSICA BIRK,
PLAINTIFFS,
v.
BILL CLINTON, HILLARY CLINTON, AND G.W. BUSH, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Larry Alan Burns United States District Judge

ORDER GRANTING LEAVE TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS AND DISMISSING CASE

Heaps and Birk filed this case on May 16, 2011. Now pending is Heaps' Motion to Proceed IFP.

I. IFP Motion

All parties instituting a civil action in a district court of the United States, except for habeas petitioners, must pay a filing fee of $350. See 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a). A party is excused from paying the fee, however, if the Court grants leave to proceed IFP pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1915(a). Heaps has submitted an IFP application that sufficiently demonstrates her inability to pay the $350 filing fee. She is unemployed, has $1 in a checking account and $1 in a savings account, and owns no assets of value. Her IFP motion is GRANTED.

II. Initial Screening

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e), the Court must screen each civil action commenced pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a) and dismiss the action if the Court finds it is frivolous or malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, or seeks monetary relief from an immune defendant. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B); Calhoun v. Stahl, 254 F.3d 845, 45 (9th Cir. 2001) ("[T]he provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B) are not limited to prisoners."); Lopez v. Smith, 203 F.3d 1122, 1126-27 (9th Cir. 2000) (en banc) (28 U.S.C. § 1915(e) "not only permits but requires" the court to sua sponte dismiss an IFP complaint that fails to state a claim).

The Court finds that Heaps' complaint is frivolous and fails to state a claim. She names two past Presidents and the current Secretary of State as Defendants and appears only to seek access to the Court's law library. Pursuant to General Order 228-C, however, the Court's law library is not open to members of the public.

The library shall be open to members of the Bar admitted to practice in the Southern District of California and Ninth Circuit, United States Attorneys of the Circuit and Assistant United States Attorneys, other attorneys of the government, federal judicial officers, members of Congress, and the staff of Congressional members and federal judicial officers.

This case is therefore DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.

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