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Champean v. Rich

United States District Court, E.D. Virginia, Alexandria Division

November 10, 2016

TASHEIK ASHANTI CHAMPEAN a/k/a Douglas Howell, Plaintiff,


          Anthony J. Trenga, United States District Judge

         Tasheik Ashanti Champean a/k/a Douglas Howell, a federal inmate proceeding pro se, has fled a complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1331 and Title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations (i.e., the Federal Acquisition Regulations). The named Defendants are Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Rich and Zachary Terwilliger, whom Plaintiff identifies as "acting agents for the Commonwealth of Virginia." Plaintiff has paid the statutory fling fee and the administrative fee for this action. After reviewing Plaintiffs submissions, the Court has determined that his suit must be dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1) as frivolous.[1]

         In reviewing a complaint pursuant to § 1915A, a court must dismiss a prisoner complaint that is frivolous, malicious, or files to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1). [2] Frivolous complaints are those that are based on "inarguable legal conclusion[s]" or "fanciful factual allegation[s]." Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 325 (I 989) (examining identical language of predecessor statute to § 191 SA).

         The complaint in this case consists of several sections. In the first, entitled "Special Notice to the Court, " Plaintiff notifies this Court of his "absolute ministerial right" to make a "restricted appearance" pursuant to Rule 8(E). Plaintiff identifies himself as "a real flesh and blood man, a State Citizen and Inhabitant of the County of Alexandria, Virginia, by SPECIAL VISITATION In Propria Personam, not general to present this, his Notice and Demand for written proof (verified and demonstrated evidence) of jurisdiction over His Proper Person and over the subject matter in the above entitled cause as known as 1: 12-CR-191."[3] Plaintiff further asserts that a court has "no jurisdiction" to determine whether a complaint is subject to dismissal pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) for failure to state a claim, Compl. at 2, and that "officers of the court have no immunity." Id. at 3. Plaintiff concludes that once this Court determines that jurisdiction is Jacking in the cause in question, " he should be "assigned the minimum monetary values as per precedent ... [of $25, 000.00 per 23 minute period, i.e. $65, 217.91 pr hour, plus punitive damages .... " Id. at 4.

         Plaintiff then attaches a document styled as an "International Commercial Affidavit Presented As/Under Letter Rogatory." He states that the document is fled "as lawful public notice" under provisions of the UCC, and that "[t]he Secured Party signatory herein is executing this instrument, under his signature, expressly to declare his status as a Non-Resident Alien, " "with no duress, in accord with the terms of the aforementioned private agreement, " nunc pro tune to his eighteenth birthday. Compl. at 5.

         Plaintiff next sets out a section captioned "Identification of Moving Party" in which he describes himself as a "natural born, fee, Living, breathing flesh and blood human with sentient and moral existence, a real man upon the soil, a juris et du jure, also known as a Secured Party and an inhabitant, not a United States citizen." As such, "secured party/plaintiff is not a subject of or to. the Virginia states Constitution or the United States Constitution, its Ordinances, Statutes. Codes or Regulations .... " Compl. at 7.

         In the following "State [sic] of Issues, " Plaintiff declares that he "tendered payment and a private administrative remedy to the named respondent through the Administrative Procedures Act ... requesting that case No: 1: 12-CR-191 be set of, settled and closed, and the Respondent obtained a court order for his release from custody." Plaintiff filed an Initial Financing Statement in the "commercial registry" at the Office of the New York Secretary of State. Respondents defaulted "by their own choice, " and Plaintiff concludes that, accordingly, "there is no longer a controversy before the court." Compl. at 8.

         Plaintiff then includes a Notice of Void Judgment, in which he argues that the courts to which members of the public currently have access "have no jurisdiction over living men. When the judge and the prosecutor use deceit and trickery to cause the living man to believe he is actually the defendant, those public officials have breached their fiduciary duties, and breached their contract with the public, and are subject to legal actions." Compl. at 10. Plaintiff asserts in a section entitled "Jurisdiction" that the burden of proving jurisdiction lies with .. the asserter" - in this case, the named Defendants - but although they have "had time and 2 different chances to respond, " they have "gone silent." Compl. at 11. Plaintiff "revokes rescinds and cancels all signatures, " Compl. at 12, and declares himself the "Grantor and Sole beneficiary of the TASHEIK CHAMPEAN, SR. Cestui Que Vie trust, a document vessel under the United States registry . . .. " Compl. at 13 - 16. In a "caveat, " Plaintiff observes that Defendants have "had every chance to respond to the Proof of Claim that was addressed ad sent to them by Certified Mail" and declares that "for the Court Record, " Defendants "must comply with the Proof of Claim answering each question that has been presented by Affidavit Form and sent back to the Court.' Compl. at 16. Plaintiff then provides "Judicial Notice" that he "appoints" the Defendants "as co-trustees for a judicial or administrative matter in which the T ASHEIK CHAMPEAN, SR. Cestui Que Ve trust may be involved, past, present, and future, and specifically for Case No. 1:12-CR-191, " and he "specifically appoint[s] the trustees to settle and close the matter, " "zeroing the account, " while "exercis[ing] scrupulous good fifth and candor towards, and for the benefit and on behalf of, TASHEIK CHAMPEAN, SR." Compl. at 18.

         Last, in a section entitled "Relief Sought and Conclusion, " Plaintiff asserts that Defendants "knowingly and willingly allow[ed] the STATE OF VIRGINIA to proceed against the Secured Party. committing a malfeasance of justice, through negligence and/or inadvertence . . . ." He states that "the Secured Party is the Holder-in-Due-Course and has established an un-rebuttable Superior Claim over that of the STA TE OF VIRGINIA over the debtor." Therefore, he argues, the judgment in Case No. 1: 12crl 91 must be "vacated for want to Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Dismiss [sic] with Prejudice;" he should be discharged from the custody of the State of Virginia; and a hearing should be convened to appoint Michael Rich and Zachary Terwilliger as "Trustee[s] of TASHEIK CHAMPEAN, SR. and released discharged from any and all alleged obligations to the State of Virginia." Compl. at 19-20. Plaintiff has appended a number of exhibits to the complaint, including a UCC Financing Statement and numerous other financial documents.

         To the extent to which Plaintiff's allegations are comprehensible, it is readily apparent that they arc based on "inarguable legal conclusion[s]" and "fanciful factual allegation[s]." Neitzke, 490 U.S. at 325.[4] Accordingly, the complaint is frivolous, and it is hereby

         ORDERED that the complaint be, and the same hereby is, DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE as frivolous pursuant to § 191 SA(b)(1).

         This is a final order for purposes of appeal. To appeal, plaintiff must file a written Notice of Appeal with the Clerk of the Court within sixty (60) days of the date of this Order. See Fed. R. App. P. 4(a). A Notice of Appeal is a short statement stating a desire to appeal an order and identifying the date of the order plaintiff wishes to appeal. Failure to file a timely Notice of Appeal waives plaintiffs right to appeal this decision.

         The Clerk is directed to forward a copy of this Memorandum Order and Opinion to ...

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