The opinion of the court was delivered by: FOGEL
Petitioner, J. C. Bush, has filed a "Petition to Expunge Criminal Record," in which he seeks to have the Alcohol and Tax Division of the Treasury Department, the FBI, and other agencies of the U.S. Government remove from their files fingerprints, photographs, photographic plates and computer records concerning an arrest on August 14, 1963 for an alleged violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5179, and deliver the same to him, or, in the alternative, to provide assurances that these materials have been destroyed. Petitioner alleges that he has suffered embarrassment and otherwise has been irreparably harmed as a result of the continuing maintenance of these materials in the files of the agencies.
The 1976 amendment to 28 U.S.C. § 1331 provides for jurisdiction of the federal courts, irrespective of the amount in controversy, in actions "against the United States, any agency thereof or any officer or employee thereof in his official capacity."
It is not necessary for us to decide whether any right of Petitioner has been violated. The statutory language quoted, supra, from 28 U.S.C. § 1331 does not negate Petitioner's obligation to comply with F.R. Civ. P. 8(a) which requires that a "pleading . . . shall contain a short and plain statement of the grounds upon which the court's jurisdiction depends . . . ." The petition does not contain any allegations or assertion that even remotely suggests an infringement of a constitutional or other federally created right.
Federal jurisdiction must be pleaded according to the nature of the case. Rotolo v. Borough of Charleroi, 532 F.2d 920, 922 (3rd Cir. 1976)
See also 2A Moore's Federal Practice, para. 8.06.
Accordingly, the petition will be dismissed for failure to set forth the requisite jurisdictional grounds. Leave, however, is granted to file an amended petition within thirty (30) days of the date of the order accompanying this memorandum.
AND NOW, this 11th day of October, 1977, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that J. C. Bush's "Petition to Expunge Criminal Record" is DENIED for failure to comply with F.R. Civ. P. 8(a), with leave to file an amended petition within thirty (30) days from the date of this order.
HERBERT A. FOGEL, J. UNITED STATES ...