United States District Court, District of Columbia
April 3, 2015
Melinda McKinzie, Plaintiff,
AMIT P. MEHTA, District Judge.
This matter is before the Court on review of the plaintiff's pro se complaint and application to proceed in forma pauperis. The application will be granted and the case will be dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e), which requires the Court to dismiss a complaint upon a determination that it, among other grounds, is frivolous or fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.
Plaintiff, a District of Columbia resident, has filed an action captioned "Petition for Injunctive Relief and Monetary Relief, " which she has already amended. Plaintiff claims to be "the abducted daughter of Faisal bim Abdulaziz al Saud, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia." Am. Pet. at 2. She sues, among other individuals, President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle Obama, FBI Director James B. Comey, and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. Plaintiff seeks a total of $2 trillion in monetary damages. See id. at 2, 43.
Plaintiff alleges that she "has suffered serious, permanent injuries, " including a broken back, crushed feet and ankles, teeth loss, multiple brain injuries, and psychological injuries, all "at the direction of the Defendants named herein and each of them." Am. Pet. ¶ 3. Plaintiff claims that such occurred "to force [her] to make false statements against persons associated with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia." Id. ¶ 2. In addition, plaintiff alleges that the named defendants "are working to force contact between Plaintiff and [an individual]... complicit in the bombing of Murrah Federal on 04-19-95, " of which plaintiff alleges she was the target." Id. ¶¶ 10, 12. The 44-page petition is replete with incredulous accusations and allegations that are simply incomprehensible. As an example of the latter, plaintiff states:
With regard to the bombing of Murrah Federal, the date 04-19-95 identifies Barack Hussein Obama, 01-20-09. Two branches, a slash and a lollipop, among other things identifies with Obama's distant slave relative Punch. Anthrax identifies Punch Slave. Anthrax communicates the Boston Marathon bombing, 117, on 04-15-13. Plaintiff was being punched to identify the Defendants Barack and Michelle Obama and to communicate war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Compl. ¶ 13.
The instant petition presents the type of fantastic and delusional scenarios warranting dismissal of the case under section 1915(e)(2)(B)(i) as frivolous. Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 325 (1989); see Best v. Kelly, 39 F.3d 328, 330-31 (D.C. Cir. 1994) (a court may dismiss claims that are "essentially fictitious" - for example, where they suggest "bizarre conspiracy theories... [or] fantastic government manipulations of their will or mind") (citations and internal quotation marks omitted); Crisafi v. Holland, 655 F.2d 1305, 1307-08 (D.C. Cir. 1981) ("A court may dismiss as frivolous complaints... postulating events and circumstances of a wholly fanciful kind."). Furthermore, actions that lack "an arguable basis in law and fact" also are subject to dismissal as frivolous. Brandon v. District of Columbia Bd. of Parole, 734 F.2d 56, 59 (D.C. Cir. 1984). A separate order of dismissal accompanies this Memorandum Opinion.