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Lowe v. United States Dep't of Justice

United States District Court, M.D. Alabama, Northern Division

December 17, 2014



TERRY F. MOORER, Magistrate Judge.

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) this case was referred to the undersigned United States Magistrate Judge for review and submission of a report with recommended findings of fact and conclusions of law (Doc.4, filed October 22, 2014). For good cause, the Magistrate Judge recommends that this case be dismissed prior to service of process pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B).[1]


The Plaintiff Phillippi S. Lowe[2], who is proceeding pro se, filed this federal civil rights action on October 15, 2014 against the United States Department of Justice, the Honorable Eric Holder, James M. Cole, Stuart F. Delery, the State of Alabama, Luther Strange and the Honorable Pam Bondi. (Doc. 1). On December 15, 2014, this Court entered an Order granting Plaintiff's application to proceed in forma pauperis. (Doc. 5). In forma pauperis proceedings are governed by 28 U.S.C.§ 1915 which requires this court to conduct a preliminary review of the complaint to ensure the action is not "frivolous or malicious, " "fails to state a claim on which relief can be granted, " or "seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief." See 28 U.S.C.§ 1915(e)(2)(B).


Plaintiff asserts numerous disjointed and fanciful claims in the present complaint. The following recitation of Plaintiff's claims, although not exhaustive, is representative of the delusional nature of Plaintiff's complaint. Plaintiff alleges that the defendants "who are so ill-trained and just too plain ignorant of U.S. Federal Constitutional Laws", have

"deprived Plaintiff a U.S. war era disabled veteran the 14th admen., [sic] violating USC Titles, force[d] [sic] Plaintiff to file lawsuit CAUSA, U.S. and State employee's deprivation of Law Aid the Taliaban in Killing and Maining 70-80% of U.S. Military Men and Women who are killing and being killed on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq defending USA Constitution and it's [sic] Democracy, also their ignorance of U.S. Federal Laws and their Deprivation of Plaintiff's U.S. Constitutional guaranteed Civil Rights are causing EleChem New Space and Medical Technology Incorporation [3] billions of dollars in annual continual, damages and loss."

(Doc. 1 at p. 1). (Emphasis in original).

This Court may dismiss an in forma pauperis complaint "if satisfied that the action is frivolous or malicious." 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i); see also, Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 324 (1989). 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i) gives the Court "the unusual power to pierce the veil of the complaint's factual allegations and dismiss those claims whose factual contentions are clearly baseless." Neitzke, 490 U.S. at 327. Examples of such claims are those that describe "fantastic or delusional scenarios." Id. at 328.

After carefully reviewing Plaintiff's complaint, it is clear to the Court that the claims contained in the present complaint are "the hallucinations of a troubled man, " which cannot be salvaged by amendments to the complaint. Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25 (1992)(quoting with approval Hernandez v. Denton, 861 F.2d 1421, 1439-1440 (9th Cir. 1988) (Aldisert, dissenting)). The allegations contained in the present complaint are a paradigm of those claims which should be subject to dismissal for frivolousness. In light of the foregoing, the court concludes that Plaintiff's complaint is due to be dismissed in accordance with the directives of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i). Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25 (1992); see also Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 327 (1989).


Accordingly, it is the RECOMMENDATION of the Magistrate Judge that Plaintiff's complaint be dismissed with prejudice prior to service of process pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C.§ 1915(e)(2)(B)(i).

It is further ORDERED that the Plaintiff file any objections to this Recommendation on or before January 5, 2015. Any objections filed must specifically identify the findings in the Magistrate Judge's Recommendation to which the party is objecting. Frivolous, conclusive or general objections will not be considered by the District Court. The parties are advised that this Recommendation is not a final order of the court and, therefore, it is not appealable.

Failure to file written objections to the proposed findings and recommendations in the Magistrate Judge's report shall bar the party from a de novo determination by the District Court of issues covered in the report and shall bar the party from attacking on appeal factual findings in the report accepted or adopted by the District Court except upon grounds of plain error or manifest injustice. Nettles v. Wainwright, 677 F.2d 404 (5th Cir. 1982); see Stein v. Reynolds Securities, Inc., 667 F.2d 33 (11th Cir. 1982); see also Bonner v. City of Prichard, 661 F.2d 1206 (11th Cir. 1981, en banc ) (adopting as binding precedent all of the decisions of the former Fifth Circuit handed down prior to the close of business on September 30, 1981).

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