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Davis v. Obama

United States District Court, District Circuit

May 26, 2013

ANTHONY LEROY DAVIS, Plaintiff,
v.
BARACK HUSSAIN OBAMA, et al, Defendants.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

This matter comes before the court on review of plaintiffs application to proceed in forma pauperis and pro se civil complaint. The Court will grant the application, and dismiss the complaint.

The Court has reviewed plaintiffs complaint, keeping in mind that complaints filed by pro se litigants are held to less stringent standards than those applied to formal pleadings drafted by lawyers. See Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520 (1972). Even pro se litigants, however, must comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Jarrell v. Tisch, 656 F.Supp. 237, 239 (D.D.C. 1987). Rule 8(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires that a complaint contain a short and plain statement of the grounds upon which the Court's jurisdiction depends, a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief, and a demand for judgment for the relief the pleader seeks. Fed.R.Civ.P. 8(a). The purpose of the minimum standard of Rule 8 is to give fair notice to the defendants of the claim being asserted, sufficient to prepare a responsive answer, to prepare an adequate defense and to determine whether the doctrine of res judicata applies. Brown v. Califano, 75 F.R.D. 497, 498 (D.D.C. 1977).

Plaintiff generally complains of the actions and policies of the President of the United States and his administration. Notwithstanding plaintiffs demands for the issuance of "an original writ, " a declaratory judgment and an award of $75, 000, Compl. at 6, his pleading fails to articulate a viable legal claim. Neither plaintiffs allegations of "fraud, malice, wanton and willful misconduct, " id., nor the other assertions of the complaint comprise a short and plain statement of the claim showing that plaintiff is entitled to relief. As drafted, the complaint fails to comply with Rule 8(a), and it will be dismissed. An consistent with this Memorandum Opinion is issued separately.


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