Here is one of the most glaring errors in The Dreadful Pro-Se Schmalfeldt’s complaint that he has filed against Eric Johnson, a couple of John Does, and me.Federal question? What federal question? Defamation, false light invasion of privacy, and tortious interference are not federal questions. His abuse of process and malicious prosecution allegations all relate to Maryland state matters. Conspiracy and obstruction of justice aren’t even torts. Neither is intentional infliction of emotional distress; it’s an element of damages.
Diversity of citizenship requires that no plaintiff can reside in the same state as any defendant. The last time I checked, Elkridge and Westminster are both still in Maryland.
Thus, the U. S. District Court should not have original jurisdiction over any of the claims in the Cabin Boy’s™ LOLsuit. Lacking original jurisdiction on any claim, supplemental jurisdiction under § 1367(a) should not exist.
The Dreadful Pro-Se Schmalfeldt has filed in a court that doesn’t have jurisdiction over his claims.