IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION
December 28, 2010
THOMAS RYBURN, PLAINTIFF,
HULICK, ET. AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge
Pro se Plaintiff Thomas Ryburn ("Ryburn") continues to act at cross-purposes with this Court. No criticism is in order, of course, just because a non-lawyer does not understand the intricacies that often complicate federal litigation -- but Ryburn, who has had substantial contact with the federal courts over the years, persists in charging this Court with bias for having done nothing more than the law requires. That mindset is again evident in his most recent "Rule 59(e) Motion To Alter or Amend Judgment [sic]."
In fact this Court has been more than patient with Ryburn. It issued
several memorandum orders pointing out perceived deficiencies in
Ryburn's filings, with the December 6, 2010 memorandum opinion and
order having stated this Court's willingness to permit Ryburn's action
to go forward if he "tenders a proposed Amended Complaint conforming
to what has been said in this memorandum opinion and order." What
Ryburn has properly done instead is to point to our Court of
opinion in Johnson v. Rivera, 272 F.3d 519, 521-22 (7th Cir. 2001),
which has applied the Illinois tolling statute to temper the two-year
time table applicable to Illinois-based 42 U.s.C. §1983*fn1
actions in cases where time has been spent in complying with
the exhaustion-of-administrative-remedies requirement of Section
1997e(a). And that being so, this Court would be inclined to find
Ryburn's original Complaint generally acceptable if no other
difficulties were present.*fn2
But that is not the case. Instead, because Ryburn could otherwise go forward in substantive terms, this Court is called upon to address the requirements of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g) ("Section 1915(g)") that it prescinded in n. 4 of its December 6 opinion. According to information that has been provided by this District Court's prisoner pro se staff attorney's office, Ryburn has launched no fewer than nine federal lawsuits before he contemporaneously filed this action and Case No. 10 C 7025. Among those filings, two cases in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois are listed as having been dismissed under circumstances that constituted "strikes" for purposes of Section 1915(g): Case Nos. 00 C 593 and 02 C 351. And with this Court having dismissed Case No. 10 C 7025 as having failed to advance any even arguable Section 1983 claim, Ryburn has accumulated his third strike.
Although Ryburn's claims advanced in this action are disability-related, they do not qualify under the Section 1915(g) exception that requires a plaintiff prisoner to be "under imminent danger of serious physical injury." That being so, this action must remain dismissed because Ryburn has not paid the full $350 filing fee as Section 1915(g) requires. Hence his current motion is denied.*fn3