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Jefferson v. Cohen

United States District Court, W.D. Tennessee, Western Division

January 14, 2015

STEVE COHEN, in Official Capacity; A. C. WARDEN [sic], in Official Capacity; JANIS FULLILOVE, in Official Capacity; FORD FUNERAL PARLOR/FUNERAL SERVICE/DIRECTORS; JOE FORD; HAROLD FORD, JR., in Official Capacity; JOHN FORD, in Concert with the Above Parties; HAROLD FORD, SR.; OPHELIA FORD; RICKY [sic] PETE [sic], (or Peate, 'Misnomer'); and 14TH AMD SECT 5, Defendants

Samuel Jefferson, Plaintiff, Pro se, Memphis, TN.



On January 6, 2015, the plaintiff, Samuel Jefferson (" Jefferson"), a resident of Memphis, Tennessee, filed a pro se complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1985, accompanied by a motion seeking leave to proceed in forma pauperis . (ECF Nos. 1 & 2.) In an order issued on January 8, 2015, the court granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis . (ECF No. 4.) This case has been referred to the United States Magistrate Judge for management and for all pretrial matters for determination and/or report and recommendation as appropriate. (Admin. Order 2013-05, April 29, 2013.) For the reasons that follow, it is recommended that this case be dismissed as frivolous.


In his complaint, Jefferson states:

" I claim that Mr. Steve Cohen (" Cohen") did act in his official capacity, while acting in violation outside the bounds of his federal duty to assasinate [sic] me on approximately August 14th or 15th of 2014, or somewhere along that month and period. On approximately August 15th 2014[, ] Eli Lilly Drug Company paid Congressman Steve Cohen to send four men to my, (Samuel Jefferson's) address of 3396 Raleigh Millington Rd; Mr. Cohen employed these four men to break into the residence by breaching the lock and forcing Samuel Jefferson into a chair in his living room and forcing him under gunpoint to smoke crack cocaine, and then injecting me Samuel Jefferson with something through my veigns [sic] on my right foot. Three of these men were tending to keeping me sitting and taking drugs and injections, and the fourth or (other man) was searching and scattering through my legal files and court papers in case No. 3:10-cv-754 against Eli Lilly. After smoking about one $20 dollar dock of crack cocaine, I saw one of the three[, ] the second man pulled my shoe off of my right foot and then my sock. I panicked when I felt and saw the needle go in my foot, and I bolted hard and went headlong through the window, and onto my front porch. . . . I was taken to Methodist North Hospital, and my report was taken. . . . I was diagnosed as high on crack cocaine, and paranoid or delusional. . . . I claim that Steve Cohen conspired to have me killed, as he was paid to do so by Eli Lilly Drug Company, who were trying to prevent my prosecution of case No. 3:10-cv-00754."

(Compl., ECF No. 1 at 4-5.)

The complaint includes five more paragraphs specifically regarding Cohen's involvement in the conspiracy: " [Cohen] paid 4 men to breach my home, " " forced into a cocaine relapse by Cohen's bandits and assassins, " " breach and envade[sic] my files, " and " Cohen knew . . . that I had a drug history, and mental ill history." (Id., at 6.) Jefferson also claims that Cohen conspired to have him held against his will inside his (Jefferson's) home. (Id., at 11.)

Also named as defendants are A. C. Warden[sic] (" Wharton"), Janis Fullielove [sic] (" Fullilove"); Ford Funeral Parlor/Funeral Service/Directors, Joe Ford, Harold Ford, Jr., John Ford, Harold Ford, Sr., Ophelia Ford (collectively " Ford"); Rickey Pete, or (Peate)[sic] (" Peete"); 14th Amd Sect. 5. Jefferson contends that Wharton paid private citizens to harass him on several occasions and conspired to extort money from him. (Id., at 7-8.) Jefferson claims that Fullilove " conspired to extort me." (Id., at 8.) The complaint further states that Ford vehicles " started pulling up beside me every day, and the drivers would blow their horns, and grimace at me" in an effort to intimidate Jefferson. The complaint further states Ford also conspired to impede Jefferson's rights, intimidate him, and extort from him. (Id., at 9-10.) Jefferson also asserts that Peete " acted in concert with Warden [sic], and Fullylove [sic], and Joe Ford to intimidate me, and to have the four men to attempt to kill, assasinate [sic] me or murder me to impede my rights. . . ." (Id., at 10-11.)

In his Request for Judgment, Jefferson asks that Cohen be forced " to stop his acts of conspiracy against me, or face the highest penalty of law behind bars. . . . And that he, Mr. Cohen, declare . . . that he would never attempt to harm me again." Jefferson asks that Wharton " appologise [sic] to me for all the crimes he employed our innocent citizens to carry out against me, or face . . . prison." Jefferson further asks that Fullilove be forced to stop her participation in the conspiracy, that Ford be forced to stop harassing him, and that Harold Ford, Jr., be forced to stop the conspiracies. Jefferson states he wants to " OMMIT [sic] Relief Request against Harold Ford Sr. due to old age and past duty, And Respect."


A. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2) Screening

Pursuant to Local Rule 4.1(a), service will not issue in a pro se case where the pro se plaintiff has been granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis until the complaint has been screened under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2). The clerk is authorized to issue summonses to pro se litigants only after that review is complete and an order of the court issues. This report and recommendation will constitute the court's screening.

The court is required to screen in forma pauperis complaints and to dismiss any complaint, or any ...

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