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Henry C. Latham v. Geraldine Latham

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NOT FOR PUBLICATION EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


September 18, 2012

HENRY C. LATHAM,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
GERALDINE LATHAM, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: John Gleeson, United States District Judge:

ORDER

Pro se plaintiff Henry Latham filed this claim on September 10, 2012. I grant his request to proceed in forma pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915 solely for the purpose of this Order. Because I am unable to determine what claim he is advancing, I dismiss the complaint without prejudice.

DISCUSSION

Under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B), a district court shall dismiss an in forma pauperis action if it determines that the action "(i) is frivolous or malicious; (ii) fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted; or (iii) seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief." When a complaint lacks "a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief," as required by Rule 8 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, it fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted and must therefore be dismissed. See, e.g., O'Neil v. Ponzi, 394 Fed. App'x 795, 796 (2d Cir. 2010); Solis v. Breslin, 107 Fed. App'x 262, 264 (2d Cir. 2004).

A pro se complaint, however, "must be held to less stringent standards than formal pleadings drafted by lawyers." Erickson v. Pardus, 551 U.S. 89, 94 (2007) (quoting Estelle v. Gamble, 429 U.S. 97, 106 (1976)) (internal quotation marks omitted). The court must liberally construe a pro se plaintiff's pleadings and interpret his complaint to raise the strongest arguments it suggests. McPherson v. Coombe, 174 F.3d 276, 280 (2d Cir. 1999). "The policy of liberally construing pro se submissions is driven by the understanding that '[i]mplicit in the right to self-representation is an obligation on the part of the court to make reasonable allowances to protect pro se litigants from inadvertent forfeiture of important rights because of their lack of legal training.'" Abbas v. Dixon, 480 F.3d 636, 639 (2d Cir. 2007) (quoting Traguth v. Zuck, 710 F.2d 90, 95 (2d Cir. 1983)) (alteration in original).

Construing Mr. Latham's complaint liberally, I find that it fails under Rule 8.

Because it is illegible, it is incomprehensible and does not state a claim upon which relief may be granted.*fn1

CONCLUSION

The complaint is dismissed without prejudice pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B). In forma pauperis status is denied for purpose of an appeal because any appeal from this order would not be taken in good faith. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).

So ordered.

John Gleeson, U.S.D.J.


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