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Andrew Hantzis v. Pennsylvania Insurance Commisioner Koken

November 2, 2012


The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. John E. Jones III

Hon. Martin C. Carlson



This matter is before the Court on the Report and Recommendation*fn1 ("R&R") of Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson (Doc. 15), filed on October 12, 2012, which recommends that Plaintiff Andrew Hantzis's ("Plaintiff" or "Hantzis") complaint be dismissed with prejudice as frivolous and for failure to state a claim. Objections to the R&R were due by October 29, 2012. Between October 17 and 26, Plaintiff made four filings with the Court, none of which are substantive objections to the R&R, but, taken as a whole indicate the Plaintiff's disagreement with the Magistrate Judge's recommendation that the case be dismissed. Accordingly, this matter is ripe for our review.

For the reasons that follow, the R&R shall be adopted in its entirety, the complaint dismissed with prejudice and the case file closed.


When objections are filed to the report of a magistrate judge, the district court makes a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to which objections are made. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); United States v. Raddatz, 447 U.S. 667, 674-75 (1980). The court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the magistrate judge's findings or recommendations. Id. Although the standard of review is de novo, 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) permits whatever reliance the district court, in the exercise of sound discretion, chooses to place on a magistrate judge's proposed findings and recommendations. Raddatz, 447 U.S. at 674-75; see also Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 275 (1976); Goney v. Clark, 749 F.2d 5, 7 (3d Cir. 1984).


On July 23, 2012, Plaintiff, who is currently held in a county prison in Mississippi, filed the instant habeas corpus petition by tendering a document that was captioned as a "Request for Effective Assistance of Counsel for Accredited Corpus Charter Hantzis-Trust." (Doc. 1).This document, which is generally confusing and incomprehensible, seems to entail a claim by Hantzis that he is entitled to use some sort of writ to recover on a bail bond which he posted, and forfeited, twelve years ago in the state of California when he was charged in that state with drug trafficking offenses.As noted by Magistrate Judge Carlson, the only discernible connection between Plaintiff's 12 year old California criminal case bail, this Mississippi inmate, and this federal court in Pennsylvania seems to be an assertion that Hantzis' bail in California was posted by a company insured in Pennsylvania.

Upon receipt of Hantzis' convoluted pleading, the Court issued an Order dated August 28, 2012 advising Hantzis that his case was subject to summary dismissal, but offered him an opportunity to amend his pleading to state an intelligible claim. (Doc. 7). Thereafter, Hantzis filed four documents, none of which, as noted by the Magistrate Judge, add any clarity to Plaintiff's claims.*fn2

The Magistrate Judge, to the extent of his ability given the apparent absurdity in the Plaintiff's filings, undertook a review of his claims. First, the Magistrate Judge correctly concluded that his action fails as a habeas corpus petition because it does not challenge the fact, duration of lawfulness of his custody, and even if it did, this Court has no personal jurisdiction over the matter inasmuch as Hantzis is incarcerated in Mississippi. See Braden v. 30th Judicial Circuit Court of Kentucky, 410 U.S. 484, 495 (1973); Leamer v. Fauver, 288 F. 3d 532, 540 (3d Cir. 2002). (Doc. 15, pp. 7-8).

Next, the Magistrate Judge reviewed Plaintiff's pleading as a civil rights lawsuit pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B), and determined that dismissal of the complaint is appropriate for several reasons. First, the pleading names the Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner as a defendant, but contains absolutely no well-pleaded factual averments relating to this defendant in the body of the complaint.Second, the complaint violates basic pleading rules inasmuch as it does not contain a "short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief." F.R.C.P. 8(a)(2).

Pro se Plaintiff Sandra Yevette Sharpe ("Plaintiff") commenced this action against Defendant Harrisburg Hospital by filing a complaint and an application to proceed in forma pauperis. Magistrate Judge Smyser granted Plaintiff in forma pauperis status and undertook a preliminary review of the complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2). Finding numerous deficiencies in the complaint, including whether this Court has subject matter jurisdiction over the action, Magistrate Judge Smyser directed the Plaintiff to file an amended complaint. Plaintiff filed an amended complaint on July 26, 2012. The subject matter thereof concerns her mother's death from breast cancer in 1994 or 1996.*fn3

In the R&R, Magistrate Judge Smyser recommends that the case be dismissed because Plaintiff has not alleged any facts from which the Court could reasonably infer that we have subject matter jurisdiction over her claims. We agree. Plaintiff has not alleged facts to infer that we have diversity jurisdiction or original federal jurisdiction over her claims, nor has she provided the Court with a statement of jurisdiction in her amended complaint, despite being directed to do so. We further agree with the Magistrate Judge's recommendation that Plaintiff not be given further leave to ...

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