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Bradley v. City of St. Louis Court Bldg

United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division

January 12, 2015

CORY BRADLEY, Plaintiff,
v.
CITY OF ST. LOUIS COURT BLDG, et al., Defendants.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

JOHN A. ROSS JUDGE

This matter is before the Court upon the motion of Cory Bradley (registration no. 6738), an inmate at St. Louis City Justice Center, for leave to commence this action without payment of the required filing fee. For the reasons stated below, the Court finds that plaintiff does not have sufficient funds to pay the entire filing fee and will assess an initial partial filing fee of $0.21. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). Furthermore, based upon a review of the complaint, the Court finds that the complaint should be dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B).

28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1)

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1), a prisoner bringing a civil action in forma pauperis is required to pay the full amoimt of the filing fee. If the prisoner has insufficient funds in his or her prison account to pay the entire fee, the Court must assess and, when funds exist, collect an initial partial filing fee of 20 percent of the greater of (1) the average monthly deposits in the prisoner's account, or (2) the average monthly balance in the prisoner's account for the prior six-month period. After payment of the initial partial filing fee, the prisoner is required to make monthly payments of 20 percent of the preceding month's income credited to the prisoner's account. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2). The agency having custody of the prisoner vdll forward these monthly payments to the Clerk of Court each time the amount in the prisoner's account exceeds $10, until the filing fee is fully paid. Id.

Plaintiff has submitted an affidavit and a certified copy of his prison account statement for the six-month period immediately preceding the submission of his complaint. A review of plaintiffs account indicates an average monthly deposit of $0.00, and an average monthly balance of $1.06. Plaintiff has insufficient funds to pay the entire filing fee. Accordingly, the Court will assess an initial partial filing fee of $0.21, which is 20 percent of plaintiffs average monthly balance.

28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B), the Court must dismiss a complaint filed in forma pauperis if the action is frivolous, malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, or seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune fi-om such relief An action is firivolous if it "lacks an arguable basis in either law or fact." Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 328 (1989); Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25, 31 (1992). An action is malicious if it is undertaken for the purpose of harassing the named defendants and not for the purpose of vindicating a cognizable right. Spencer v. Rhodes, 656 F.Supp. 458, 461-63 (E.D. N.C. 1987), aff'd 826 F.2d 1059 (4th Cir. 1987). A complaint fails to state a claim if it does not plead "enough facts to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face." Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007).

The Complaint

Plaintiff brings this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging violations of his civil rights. Named as defendants are: the City of St. Louis Camahan Court Building; Theresa Counts Burke (Judge); Bryan Hettenbach (Judge); City of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department; U.S. Department of Justice; and Jennifer Joyce (Prosecutor).

Plaintiff alleges that he is a "Private living breathing man/citizen of the United States." He claims that the Camahan Courthouse "as an entity" has infringed upon his 8th and 9th Amendment rights "by coming against him as a living, breathing man." Plaintiff alleges that Judge Burke and Judge Hettenbach have wrongfully charged him a criminal bond, and he asserts that they acted in violation of his rights when they denied his motion to reduce his bond.

Plaintiff states that Prosecutor Joyce acted unlawfully by allegedly using his name and social security number without his permission in the prosecution of his criminal action.

Plaintiff asserts that the St. Louis Police Department violated his rights as a "living, breathing man" when they executed a warrant against him and "detained his body." Plaintiff claims that the U.S. Department of Justice violated his rights by "failing to protect his rights" under the Federal Tort Claims Act when he mailed the government administrative forms and they failed to respond in what he perceived to be a timely manner.

In his exhibits, plaintiff has filed several papers typical of the "sovereign citizens" movement, ...


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