John Robert Freeburg, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Michael Jackson, Defendant-appellee, 967 F.2d 586 (9th Cir. 1992)

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US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 967 F.2d 586 (9th Cir. 1992) Submitted June 25, 1992. *Decided July 6, 1992

Before FLETCHER, LEAVY and T.G. NELSON, Circuit Judges.


John Robert Freeburg appeals pro se the district court's sua sponte dismissal of his complaint as frivolous pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(d). In his complaint, Freeburg alleged that (1) Michael Jackson hit him in the groin in a bar in the Rainier Beach area of Seattle, Washington and (2) Jackson's songs contain numerological references that cause others to attack Freeburg.

We review the district court's determination that a complaint is frivolous for an abuse of discretion. Denton v. Hernandez, 69 U.S.L.W. 4346, 4348 (May 4, 1992). A complaint is frivolous if "it lacks an arguable basis in law or in fact." Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 325 (1989). A factual claim is frivolous if "the facts alleged rise to the level of the irrational or the wholly incredible." Denton, 60 U.S.L.W. at 4348.

The district court did not abuse its discretion by dismissing the complaint as frivolous. Viewed in the context of the entire complaint, Freeburg's assertions are "irrational" and "wholly incredible." See Denton, 60 U.S.L.W. at 4348.



The panel unanimously finds this case suitable for decision without oral argument. Fed. R. App. P. 34(a); 9th Cir.R. 34-4. Accordingly, Freeburg's request for oral argument is denied


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