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Douglas v. Hawley

United States District Court, E.D. Missouri, Eastern Division

November 21, 2019

RONALD DOUGLAS, Plaintiff,
v.
JOSH HAWLEY, et al., Defendants.

          MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

          JOHNA A. ROSS UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         Plaintiff, Ronald Douglas, seeks leave to proceed in forma pauperis in this civil action against a multitude of defendants. After a review of plaintiff s financial affidavit, the Court will grant plaintiffs motion to proceed in forma pauperis. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915. However, for the reasons set forth below, the Court will dismiss his complaint as frivolous. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B).

         Discussion

         Under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e), a Court must sua sponte dismiss an indigent plaintiffs complaint or any portion thereof which (1) is frivolous or malicious; (2) fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted; or (3) seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief. A complaint is frivolous if "it lacks an arguable basis either in law or in fact." Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 327 (1989). Dismissals on this ground should only be ordered when legal theories are "indisputably meritless," or when the claims rely on factual allegations that are "clearly baseless." Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25, 31 (1992). "Clearly baseless" factual allegations include those that are "fanciful," "fantastic," and "delusional." Id. at 32-33 (quoting Neitzke, 490 U.S. at 325, 327).

         Plaintiff alleges a vast conspiracy relating to thirty-five (35) defendants in this action.[1]His original complaint numbers 1874 pages, while his amended, or supplemental complaint, is forty (40) pages in length.[2] In essence, plaintiff alleges that defendants engaged in a conspiracy in which bribes were solicited by the President of the United States and various government agents and agencies "so that defendants would be able to violate the terms of their agreements under state and federal constitutional laws without interference from the Justice Department." Plaintiff claims that by lying and denying that they were doing so, his rights to privacy were invaded and he was unlawfully confined in mental wards.

         Plaintiff seeks the recognition of the doctrines of collateral estoppel, the Federal Rules of Evidence, an entry of preliminary injunction, the ability to admit hearsay, the suppression of evidence, the eviction of the City of Moline Acres and the acknowledgement that he was forced to work as a slave laborer at the Olivette 66 Service Center during the last twenty years. Plaintiff also seeks appropriations for the "beaming of extremely low frequencies to the surfaces surface of the Earth at the unwitting participant's head causing him and his constituents to suffer conspiratorial abuse of process against the pertinent defendants."

         Plaintiff asserts he was the subject of multiple kidnappings from "defendant municipal police departments" and that defendants "violated the [RICO statute]. . . that caused Douglas to lose his parents, two jobs, other asserts and unlawfully coerced him into performing slave labor at Olivette 66 Service Center." Plaintiff further alleges that "these elite group of American defendants during the last thirty-seven years conspired and committed the crime of second-degree assault by their knowing attempt in the murder of Ronald Douglas by means of their manipulation of organism living on the earth surface ('DC neuronal codes or patterns) with a steady-current satellite system and with no consent. With the intent of disclosing to all persons within this electromagnetic field, ionospheric boundary and atmospheric cavity, of this satellite system steady-current the contents of all of Ronald Douglas' wire, oral, and electronic communications (everything that he has been doing, saying and thinking during the last thirty-seven (37) years has been disclosed to every person in the electromagnetic field, ionospheric boundary and atmospheric cavity of the three dimensional orthogonal system of an earth orbiting satellite's steady-current). Making Ronald Douglas and his constituency suffer (1), depression (2), pain-induced aggression (3), escape (4), avoidance (5), sleep pattern (6), restricted activity and (7), the hearing of voices ..." Plaintiff seeks in the billions of dollars for compensatory and punitive damages.

         From the complaint and supporting documents, plaintiffs claims are clearly frivolous. See Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25, 31 (1992). Plaintiff provides no factual basis whatsoever in support of his claims for espionage and conspiracy, which are patently absurd and unsupported by any colorable legal theory. Thus, the Court finds that plaintiffs complaint is frivolous and fails to state viable legal claims.

         Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiffs motion to proceed in forma pauperis [Doc. #2] is GRANTED.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk shall not issue process or cause process to issue upon the complaint the complaint is legally frivolous.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiffs motion for appointment of counsel [Doc. #3] is DENIED AS MOOT.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiffs motion for summary judgment [Doc. #7] is DENIED AS MOOT.

         A separate Order of Dismissal shall accompany this ...


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