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Carolyn Herz Srivastava, Ph.D v. City of Chicago

April 11, 2011

CAROLYN HERZ SRIVASTAVA, PH.D., PLAINTIFF,
v.
CITY OF CHICAGO, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Matthew F. Kennelly, District Judge:

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

Carolyn Srivastava has filed a pro se lawsuit against 24 defendants, including a number of federal judges, the Attorney General of the United States, the Governor of Indiana and several other Indiana public officials, and several others. Srivastava asserts claims under the RICO statute, other federal statutes, and state law. She alleges "a persistent pattern of disruption of court operations, and of defendants' demeaning, disparaging, and humiliating of plaintiff, using false allegations of mental illness as a bullying and extortion tactic, which has injured and continues to injure plaintiff in her property and business, and which has deprived her of her basic human rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States." Compl. ¶ 1.

More specifically, Srivastava, who resides in Marion County, Indiana, has sued the following defendants:

- Chief Justice John Roberts; - Circuit Judge Frank Easterbrook; - Circuit Judge (and former District Judge) David Hamilton; - District Judge Richard Young; - District Judge Philip Simon; - Attorney General Eric Holder; - Indiana Governor Mitchell Daniels; - Indiana's Attorney General; - Indiana's Director of the Department of Child Services; - the (former) chief prosecutor of Marion County; - the Mayor of Indianapolis; - an Indianapolis hospital and several of its personnel; - several Indianapolis-area residents; - an Indiana University law professor who was formerly chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis;

- Srivastava's son and her cousin; - the president of the University of Michigan; and - the City of Chicago.

See Compl. ¶¶ 7-30.

Srivastava's allegations concern the following matters, among others: - the leasing of the Chicago Skyway and the Indiana Toll Road to private entities, which Srivastava contends forces her to take a longer and poorer-quality route while driving to and from Chicago, see Compl. ¶¶ 31-40;

- Srivastava's "entrap[ment]" and terrorization by defendant Ora Hirsch Pescovitz while working at Indiana University School of Medicine, where Pescovitz chaired a department, see Compl. ¶¶ 44-54;

- Pescovitz's alleged theft of Srivastava's identity and impersonation of her, as well as activity by Pescovitz's alleged associates including the commission of acts of property violence against Srivastava, monitoring of her activities, and framing her for various crimes, see Compl. ¶¶ 55-59 & 54 (second paragraph 54);

- intimidation by Judge Hamilton of attorneys representing Pescovitz, see Compl. ¶ 55 (second paragraph 55); and

- submission of forged documents on Srivastava's behalf by associates of Pescovitz to whom Srivastava refers as the "Exploit Carolyn Srivastava Gang," see Compl. 58-60.

Srivastava lists some forty-four lawsuits she has filed in federal and state court from 1997 to the present, many of which appear, based on the case titles Srivastava provides, to name several of the same defendants she sues here. See Compl. ¶ 61. She claims that the judges who have dealt with these cases have shown "innate bias against pro se non-attorney litigants." Compl. ¶ 63.

Srivastava asserts twenty-eight claims in her complaint. These include: - seven Constitution-based claims concerning the leasing of the ...


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