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Carter v. Beasley

February 20, 2007


The opinion of the court was delivered by: Harold A. Baker U.S. District Judge


This cause is before the court for merit review of the plaintiff's complaint. The court is required by 28 U.S.C. §1915A to "screen" the plaintiff's complaint, and through such process to identify and dismiss any legally insufficient claim, or the entire action if warranted. A claim is legally insufficient if it "(1) is frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted; or (2) seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief."

28 U.S.C. §1915A.

A review of the plaintiff's litigation records shows that he has earned three strikes.*fn1 The plaintiff has not paid the filing fee and instead has filed a motion to proceed in forma pauperis.

28 U.S.C. § 1915(g) states that "in no event shall a prisoner bring a civil action . . . under this section . . . if the prisoner has . . . [three strikes] . . ., unless the prisoner is under imminent danger of serious physical injury." Therefore, the plaintiff cannot proceed with this lawsuit unless he demonstrates that he is in imminent danger.

The plaintiff brings this lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 against three defendants at the Pontiac Correctional Center: Medical Technician Christina Beasley, Team Member Anabelle Motteler and Adjustment Committee Chairperson David Lingle.

The plaintiff claims Defendant Beasley wrote a false disciplinary report against him on May 18, 2006. The report accuses the plaintiff of three offenses: Sexual Misconduct for masturbating in front of the medical technician, giving false information to an employee and disobeying a direct order. The plaintiff says he did not commit any of these offenses, but he was found guilty after a May 26, 2006 Adjustment Committee hearing. Several disciplinary measures were imposed including the loss of six months of good time credits. The plaintiff does not claim that this finding was ever overturned or expunged. The court also notes this is the second time the plaintiff has filed a complaint making this same allegation. In Williams v Beasley, Case No.06-1233, the court previously explained to the plaintiff that his claim is barred by Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 (1994) and Edwards v. Balisok, 520 U.S. 641 (1997).

This time the plaintiff also alleges that Defendant Beasley stabbed him in the arm with an ink pen on December 10, 2006 and threatened to have him killed on May 18, 2006. The plaintiff does not allege that he is in imminent danger from Defendant Beasley. In fact, the plaintiff's complaint and motion to proceed in forma pauperis make no mention of the three strikes he has previously accumulated.

The court finds that the plaintiff is not in imminent danger. The allegations he has made against the Defendant occurred more than a year ago and eight months ago. The imminent danger exception is reserved for "genuine emergencies" where "a threat or prison condition is real and proximate, and when the potential consequence is 'serious physical injury' . . ." Lewis v. Sullivan, 279 F.3d 526, 531 (7th Cir. 2002).

Therefore, the plaintiff's in forma pauperis motion is denied. [d/e 1] In addition, the case is dismissed. The plaintiff was clearly aware that he had three strikes pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). The first time the plaintiff filed the same basic claim against these three defendants he mentioned this section and argued that his case fit the imminent danger exception. See Williams v Beasley, Case No.06-1233. The plaintiff also provided case numbers for most of his previous cases. His case was dismissed.

Now the plaintiff files the same claim along with two additional allegations, but makes no mention of his three strikes status. The court agrees with the reasoning in Sloan v. Lesza. 181 F.3d 857, 859 (7th Cir. 1999) which states:

An effort to bamboozle the court by seeking permission to proceed in forma pauperis after a federal judge has held that §195(g) applies to a particular litigant will lead to immediate termination of the suit.

The plaintiff is also advised that if he files another lawsuit without specifically informing the court of his three strikes status, the court will enter an order requiring him to pay in full the outstanding fees in all civil actions he has filed or the clerk of the court will return unfiled all future papers he tenders. See Sloan, 18 ...

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