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Jones v. Minner

United States District Court, D. Delaware

October 2, 2018

RUTH ANN MINNER, et al., Defendants.

          Matthew Jones, Greenwood, Delaware. Pro Se Plaintiff.


          ANDREWS, U.S. District Judge.

         Plaintiff Matthew Jones, who appears pro se and has been granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis, filed this action in June 2017 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against Ruth Ann Minner, Jack Markell, John Carney and the Delaware Governor's Office. (D.I. 1). The matter was transferred to this Court in December 2017. (D.I. 5, 6). Jones asserts jurisdiction by reason of a federal question, diversity of citizenship, and the United States government as a defendant. (D.I. 1 at 2). The Court proceeds to screen the Complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B).


         In the Complaint, Jones provides his biography beginning in the first grade to the date of the Complaint. He alleges that "the events that initiated" this case occurred in the Fall of 2015, when for the third time that year, his roommate/mother contacted the police and mobile crisis intervention services. (D.I. 1 at 16). Plaintiff provided police and mobile crisis evidence, they interviewed the complainant, left, only to return the next day and forcefully hospitalize Plaintiff. (Id.). It was the third (or sixteenth, see id. at 8) time that Plaintiff was forcefully hospitalized. (Id. at 16). After he was released, Plaintiff filed an action in this Court, Jones v. Crisis Intervention, Civ. No. 16-410-RGA, which was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. (Id. at 17). That judgment was affirmed by the Court of Appeals at No. 17-1585.

         The Complaint alleges that Defendants are identity thieves. (Id. at 23). Plaintiff explains that they "are fully staffed by employees who are capable of doling out life-ending drugs but have not received the proper education, or any, and do not live in the names and appearances of which they were born; therefore, they have no legal standing." (Id.). The Complaint goes on to allege, "Defendants attempted to murder [Plaintiff] and assaulted [him] on three or more occasions. They were all knowing in their misdiagnosis and malicious care." (Id. at 32).

         Plaintiff alleges that as a child he contacted Defendants Ruth Ann Minner and Jack Markell. (Id. at 33). The Court takes judicial notice that Minner was the Governor of the State of Delaware from 2001 to 2009. See (last visited Sept. 11, 2018). Plaintiff alleges that he was invited to Minner's inaugural ball. (D.I. 1 at 33). Plaintiff alleges that his first mental health detention occurred after a Milford, Delaware traffic stop. (Id.). He states that Governor Minner resides in Milford where the Minner Towing Company is located. (Id.).

         Markell visited Plaintiff's home in the late 1990's and Plaintiff received birthday cards from his office from 1999 to 2012. (Id.). Plaintiff was invited to two of Markell's inaugurals and once to his Governor's banquet. (Id.). He alleges that Markell denied Plaintiff's pardon request when it reached his office in 2016. (Id.). The Court takes judicial notice that Markell was the State Treasurer of Delaware from 1999 to 2009, and the Governor of the State of Delaware from 2009 to 2017. See http://www. (last visited Sept. 11, 2018).

         Plaintiff alleges that before he filed his lawsuits he "pled for an investigation into [his] life." (D.I. 1 at 34). Plaintiff alleges that he found all his evidence without any help from his "justice related government resources." (Id.). Even though he has shared the information, no action has been taken on his behalf. (Id.).

         Plaintiff contacted "the Governor" (presumably current Governor John Carney) and former Governor Jack Markell. (Id.). Plaintiff alleges that he "received many violent threats over the years and [has] been stalked online by Markell's profile name," (Id. at 35). He alleges that he interviewed Carney last fall at the Apple Scrapple Festival in Bridgeville, Delaware. (Id. at 35). During the interview, Plaintiff told Carney, among other things, that he was kidnapped, removed from his parents at birth and conditioned for sexual slavery by the Delaware police. (Id.). The Court takes judicial notice that Carney served as Lieutenant Governor of the State of Delaware from 2001 to 2009, served as a representative for the United States House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017, and has served as governor of the State of Delaware since January 17, 2017. See (last visited Sept. 11, 2018).

         Plaintiff alleges that "someone lived in [his] identity in Delaware, [and the person was] ordered to pay [monies] by the Delaware Superior and Family Courts of New Castle County." (Id. at 34-35). The person was tried in Plaintiff's name using his address and social security number. (Id. at 35). Plaintiff called Defendant Governor's Office but could not learn any more about the cases. (Id.). Plaintiff alleges Defendants and their influence made sure that Plaintiff's nose and toes have stayed broken. (Id.). They have "shut [him] up to die" in mental health facilities and multiple times in prison. (Id.).

         Jones alleges numerous violations of federal criminal law and amendments of the United States Constitution. (Id. at 12-15). He seeks two billion dollars in damages, to have his actual identity restored, justice to be served on his assailants, his actual name and birth date to be authenticated, and his background history to be appropriately amended. (Id. at 40).


         A federal court may properly dismiss an action sua sponte under the screening provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B) if "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." Ball v. Famiglio, 726 F.3d 448, 452 (3d Cir. 2013); see also 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2) (in forma pauperis actions). The Court must accept all factual allegations in a complaint as true and ...

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