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Brosten v. Library of Congress

United States District Court, District of Columbia

March 20, 2014

Eric Brosten, Plaintiff,
v.
Library of Congress, Defendant.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

ELLEN S. HUVELLE, District Judge.

This matter is before the Court on its initial review of the plaintiff's pro se Complaint and application to proceed in forma pauperis. The Court will grant the in forma pauperis application and dismiss the case because the complaint fails to meet the minimal pleading requirements of Rule 8(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Pro se litigants 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 complaints to contain "(1) a short and plain statement of the grounds for the court's jurisdiction [and] (2) a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief." Fed.R.Civ.P. 8(a); see Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678-79 (2009); Ciralsky v. CIA, 355 F.3d 661, 668-71 (D.C. Cir. 2004). The Rule 8 standard ensures that defendants receive fair notice of the claim being asserted so that they can prepare a responsive answer and an adequate defense and determine whether the doctrine of res judicata applies. Brown v. Califano, 75 F.R.D. 497, 498 (D.D.C. 1977).

Plaintiff is a District of Columbia resident suing the Library of Congress for allegedly limiting his access presumably to the building. See Compl. at 2. He seeks $50 million in damages and equitable relief. Id. at 3. The complaint begins with incoherent statements and accusations of a "criminal conspercy [sic]" between the Library of Congress police force and "Hillary Clinton." Id. at 1. Plaintiff then mentions "unlawful discriminatory practice" but does not provide any discernible facts supporting a basis for federal court jurisdiction. Hence, this case will be dismissed. A separate Order accompanies this Memorandum Opinion.


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