October 3, 2013
BERTRAM COLIN JOHNSON, Plaintiff,
SIX UNKNOWN NAMES AGENTS or MR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BARACK OBAMA, Defendants.
DONALD W. MOLLOY, District Judge.
On October 2, 2013, the Court received Plaintiff Bertram Johnson's Complaint along with two nearly identical complaints submitted in Civil Actions No. 13-CV-00200-M-DWM-JCL and 13-CV-00201-M-DWM-JCL. Neither the filing fee nor a motion to proceed in forma pauperis was submitted in any of these cases. The complaints were all received in the same envelope with a return address of Young Yil Jo c/o the Etowah County Jail in Gadsden, Alabama.
The Complaint filed in Civil Action No. 13-CV-00200-M-DWM-JCL is in the name of Young Yil Jo, a former federal prisoner who according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website was released on May 8, 2013. Yil Jo has filed hundreds of frivolous lawsuits throughout the country. He has been denied permission to proceed in forma pauperis in Civil Action No. 13-CV-00200-M-DWM-JCL and that case is closed.
The Complaint at issue here, is styled in the name of Bertram Colin Johnson but is not signed. The Court has serious concerns regarding this Complaint. First, it appears Yil Jo drafted the Complaint because the complaints are so similar and the handwriting on the complaints and Yil Jo's filings in this and other jurisdictions is the same. Secondly, Yil Jo has a history of submitting complaints in other prisoners' names without their knowledge. He has done so previously in this Court. In addition, the Northern District of Georgia has noted it had dismissed at least eleven complaints allegedly submitted by federal prisoner Jaimes Enriquez against "Six Unknown Names [sic] Agents" at least one of which was actually submitted by Yil Jo. Enriquez had informed the Court that many lawsuits filed in his name were not filed by him. See Civil Action 11-CV-01341-WSD, DKT 2 (N.D. Ga April 29, 2011).
More important, however, is that this Complaint has not been signed. Rule 11(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires that every pleading, written motion and other papers be signed by a party personally if the party is unrepresented.
It appears that Yil Jo drafted this Complaint and it is unclear whether Johnson has even seen it. In light of this, and because there is no signature on the Complaint, the Complaint will be stricken and this matter closed.
The Clerk of Court is directed to send a copy of this Order as well as the Complaint to Johnson at the Etowah County Jail in Gadsden, Alabama. If Johnson himself wishes to file a civil suit, he may do so by submitting a signed complaint and either paying the filing fee or submitting a request for permission to proceed in forma pauperis that complies with the requirements of 28 U.S.C. § 1915.
Based upon the foregoing, the Court issues the following:
The Complaint is stricken and the Clerk of Court directed to close the case and enter judgment pursuant to Rule 58 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.