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Nazer v. Federal Bureau of Investigation

United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division

June 2, 2017

IZZAT NAZER, Plaintiff,
v.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, et at, Defendants.

          ORDER

          JAMES D. WHITTEMORE JUDGE

         BEFORE THE COURT is Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs Second Amended Complaint. (Dkt. 55). Plaintiff responded in opposition. (Dkt 56). Upon consideration, Defendant's motion is GRANTED. Plaintiffs Second Amended Complaint is DISMISSED with prejudice.

         Plaintiff filed his Second Amended Complaint (Dkt. 17) after an order was entered dismissing his Amended Complaint (Dkt. 16). However, in his Second Amended Complaint, Plaintiff merely "restates the claims and allegations brought in the amended complaint, " and then reasserts thirteen of the same fifteen counts that he asserted in his Amended Complaint (abandoning Counts 5 and 13).[1] One substantive difference between his Amended Complaint and the Second Amended Complaint is that Plaintiff identifies the specific Defendants he is bringing claims against in each count. Compare (Dkt. 16) with (Dkt. 17).[2]

         A complaint must include "a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief." FED. R. Civ. P. 8(a)(2). The Second Amended Complaint contains no new factual allegations, but rather argues why the previously asserted allegations were sufficient to show Plaintiffs entitlement to relief. Accordingly, the Second Amended Complaint is due to be dismissed for failure to state a claim for the same reasons discussed in the order dismissing the Amended Complaint. (See Dkt 16).[3]

         Plaintiff, proceeding pro se, has had three opportunities to bring a legally sufficient complaint against Defendants, including two opportunities after being put on notice of the deficiencies in his pleading.[4] While apro se complaint is construed liberally, "this leniency does not give a court license to serve as de facto counsel for a party, or to rewrite an otherwise deficient pleading in order to sustain an action." Campbell v. Air Jamaica Ltd., 760 F.3d 1165, 1168-69 (11th Cir. 2014).

         Plaintiffs claims against Defendants are largely unintelligible. They include allegations such as "psychological warfare on a subject unaware of such methods, " being "chipped with a Trap & Trace electronic surveillance device in his body, " and "being given food which influenced his mental state, " as part of Defendants' "master plan" to "force Plaintiff into an ideological state of resentment towards the world so that he would join enemies of the state and become unknowingly a tool for spying on defendants' foreign enemies." (Amended Complaint, Dkt. 15 at ¶¶ 11, 18, 34, 42, 54-55).

         Plaintiff was previously admonished that "[f]ailure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted in a Second Amended Complaint may result in dismissal of this action." (See Order, Dkt. 16 at p. 5); see also Marantes v. Miami-Dade Cnty, 649 F.App'x 665, 673 (11th Cir. 2016) (per curiam). ("[O]ur case law does not require a district court to give a pro se litigant multiple opportunities to amend."). Despite this admonishment, Plaintiff elected to simply restate the insufficient factual allegations of the Amended Complaint, and essentially use the Second Amended Complaint to assert why the original claims are sufficient. Nothing suggests that another opportunity to amend will yield cognizable claims against Defendants.

         Accordingly, Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs Second Amended Complaint (Dkt. 55) is GRANTED. All counts of Plaintiff s Second Amended Complaint are DISMISSED with prejudice. All pending motions are DENIED as moot. The Clerk is directed to CLOSE the file.

         DONE AND ORDERED.

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Notes:

[1] Defendants' motion to dismiss (Dkt. 55) and Plaintiffs response (Dkt. 56) both address whether Plaintiff can effectively incorporate and restate allegations of a dismissed complaint in a subsequent amended compiaint. This need not be resolved because Plaintiffs restated allegations fail to state cognizable legal claims, even if he is able to simply reassert allegations from a dismissed complaint.

[2] The Second Amended Complaint also purports to include a "Motion to Proceed in Forma Pauperis" and a "Motion to Appoint Counsel." (See Dkt. 17at p. 4). Plaintiff subsequently filed the motions separately. (See Motion to Proceed in Forma Pauperis, Dkt. 20; Motion to Appoint Counsel, Dkt. 21). The motion to proceed in forma pauperis was granted, (Dkt. 27), and the motion to appoint counsel was denied, (Dkt. 23).

[3] Specifically, Counts 1, 2, and 12 for "conspiracy against rights, " "deprivation of rights" and "abuse of due process" fail to state claims because they are not cognizable against federal agencies or individuals sued in their official capacities, seeFDICv. Meyer,510 U.S. 471, 484-85 (1994); McColIum v. Bolger, 794 F.2d602, 608 (11th Cir. 1986); Thibeaux v. U.S. Atty. Gen. , 27'5 F.App'x 889, 892 (11th Cir. 2008) (per curiam), and because Plaintiff has not alleged that he exhausted all administrative remedies to the extent he brings those claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act, see ...


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