Henderson v. Obama
United States Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit
July 22, 2010
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS Elisabeth A. Shumaker TENTH CIRCUIT
Clerk of Court
DAVID E. HENDERSON, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, Commander in Chief, President of the United States, Defendant-Appellee. Nos. 10-2056; 10-2118 (D.C. Nos. 2:10-CV-00157-MCALAM; 2:10-CV-00252-MV-CG) (D. N.M.)
ORDER AND JUDGMENT *
Before MURPHY, GORSUCH, and HOLMES, Circuit Judges.
On February 23, 2010, David E. Henderson sued the President of the United States alleging, as far as the district court was able to discern from Mr. Henderson's nearly illegible complaint, "dereliction of . . . duties" under the Federal Tort Claims Act. In a thorough sixteen-page order, the district court denied Mr. Henderson's request to proceed in forma pauperis, concluding that
After examining appellant's brief and the appellate record, this panel has determined unanimously that oral argument would not materially assist the determination of this appeal. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a)(2) and 10th Cir. R. 34.1(G). The case is therefore ordered submitted without oral argument. This order and judgment is not binding precedent except under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata and collateral estoppel. It may be cited, however, for its persuasive value consistent with Fed. R. App. P. 32.1 and 10th Cir. R. 32.1.
Mr. Henderson had failed to demonstrate an inability to pay the filing fees and that his complaint failed to state a claim on which relief could be granted. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(A) & (B). Accordingly, the district court dismissed the case with prejudice. D. Ct. Order of Mar. 9, 2010. The district court also ordered Mr. Henderson to show cause why it should not restrict his ability to file future pro se pleadings with the court, see Evans-Carmichael v. United States, 343 F. App'x 294, 295-96 (10th Cir. 2009) (unpublished) (citing Tripati v. Beaman, 878 F.2d 351, 353-54 (10th Cir. 1989) (per curiam)), and, when Mr. Henderson's response failed to show sufficient cause, the court imposed such restrictions. D. Ct. Order of Mar. 31, 2010. When Mr. Henderson filed a nearly identical complaint on March 19, 2010, the court again denied his motion to proceed in forma pauperis and dismissed the second complaint for the same reasons detailed in the March 9 order dismissing the first complaint. D. Ct. Order of May 4, 2010. Before us, Mr. Henderson seeks to proceed in forma pauperis to appeal the dismissals of both complaints and the imposition of sanctions. After a careful review of the record, we conclude that the district court did not abuse its discretion when, after describing Mr. Henderson's long history of abusive litigation and giving him an opportunity to respond, it imposed filing restrictions that include clear guidelines as to how he can obtain permission to file future actions. See Evans-Carmichael, 343 F. App'x at 296.
We also conclude, for substantially the same reasons set out by the district court in its March 9, 2010 order, that Mr. Henderson's appeals from his complaints are frivolous. Accordingly, we hereby dismiss his appeals and deny his request to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i) ("[T]he court shall dismiss the case at any time if the court determines . . . the . . . appeal is frivolous or malicious . . . .").
ENTERED FOR THE COURT
Neil M. Gorsuch Circuit Judge
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