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Watkins v. NBC

United States District Court, W.D. Kentucky, Louisville Division

January 17, 2019

GENE DESHAWN M. WATKINS Plaintiff
v.
NBC Defendant

          MEMORANDUM OPINION

          REBECCA GRADY JENNINGS, DISTRICT JUDGE

         This is a civil action initiated by pro se Plaintiff Gene DeShawn M. Watkins. Because Plaintiff is proceeding in forma pauperis, the Court must review his complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2). For the reasons that follow, the action will be dismissed.

         I.

         Plaintiff initiated this action by filing a document titled “Motion for this has inflicted great hardship on me” (DN 1). He then filed a completed Court-supplied general civil complaint form (DN 5). He names NBC as the sole Defendant.

         In the section of the complaint form which requests the basis for federal-question jurisdiction, Plaintiff writes: “murder, grand larceny, incompetence, fraud, professional neglect, obstruction, interferin in a federal investigation.”

         In the “Amount in Controversy” section of the complaint form, Plaintiff states:

My sister was murdered and the guy who killed my sister walked plus I came up w/a invention that camera's can see three walls and clothes and the gov owns them camera's and using them in turn it grand larceny for stealin' my idea and I make women have orgasms w/o touchin and local news set in lawsuits cuz they got gov equipment of my house.

         In the “Statement of Claim” section of the complaint, Plaintiff writes:

My sister was murdered the guy the cops said killed her walked so the feds is watchin me still and I think feds or NBC or a local network did it cuz I am successful and I make about 3, 000 zeros a week threw a undefeated horse run well if they know about the money I am making knowing they do they wont put a camera in my face I won the Nobel Peace Prize I stopped the war in North Korea and the U.S. I won a Nobel Prize for medicine I came up w/ the cure for cancer, heart disease, AID's and other disease so since I don't have a camera in my face and my sister was murdered and local news has gov equipment they could have committed the murder cuz they have gov equipment of my house they been havin these earphones for over a decade.

         Finally, in the “Relief” section of the complaint form, Plaintiff states:

This FBI investigation been going on for 20 years and the gov got earphones that can read my thought well NBC poss these earphones too and I slit my wrist in 03 cuz the government is in my head how I transmit my gift to make women have orgasms w/o touching my gift transmit threw gov earphone I will be subpoenain Head Agent James Brown for those earphones.

         II.

         Because Plaintiff is proceeding in forma pauperis, the Court must review this action under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e). On review, a district court must dismiss a case at any time if it determines that the action is frivolous or malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B).

         A claim is legally frivolous when it lacks an arguable basis either in law or in fact. Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 325 (1989). The Court may, therefore, dismiss a claim as frivolous where it is based on an indisputably meritless legal theory or where the factual contentions are clearly baseless. Id. at 327. “Examples of the former class are claims against which it is clear that the defendants are immune from suit . . . and claims of infringement of a legal interest which clearly does not exist[.]” Id. “Examples of the latter class are claims describing fantastic or delusional scenarios, claims with which federal district judges are all too familiar.” Id. at 328; Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25, 33 (1992) (indicating that an action has no arguable factual basis when the allegations are delusional or “rise to the level of the irrational or the wholly incredible”). ...


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