Michael Sindram v. Patricia Harrington

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UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--granting Motion to proceed in forma pauperis (FRAP 24) [998455568-2] Originating case number: 1:09-cv-01082-GBL-IDD Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. [998489850] [10-2073]

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Michael Sindram v. Patricia Harrington Doc. 0 Case: 10-2073 Document: 13 Date Filed: 12/22/2010 Page: 1 UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 10-2073 MICHAEL J. SINDRAM, Plaintiff Appellant, v. PATRICIA L. HARRINGTON; DOUGLAS B. ROBELEN, State Actor; HON. GERALD BRUCE LEE; PHYLLIS T. WALTON; LISA GRAYSON; U.S. MARSHAL SERVICE; JOHN HACKMAN, Defendants Appellees. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at Alexandria. Gerald Bruce Lee, District Judge. (1:09-cv-01082-GBL-IDD) Submitted: December 16, 2010 Decided: December 22, 2010 Before GREGORY, DUNCAN, and DAVIS, Circuit Judges. Vacated and remanded by unpublished per curiam opinion. Michael J. Sindram, Appellant Pro Se. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. Dockets.Justia.com Case: 10-2073 Document: 13 Date Filed: 12/22/2010 Page: 2 PER CURIAM: Michael J. Sindram appeals the district court's order imposing a pre-filing injunction. We review the imposition of a Cromer v. Kraft Federal pre-filing injunction for abuse of discretion. Foods N. Am., Inc., 390 F.3d 812, 817 (4th Cir. 2004). courts may issue pre-filing injunctions when vexatious conduct hinders the court from fulfilling its constitutional duty. Id.; Procup v. Strickland, 792 F.2d 1069, 1073-74 (11th Cir. 1986) (en banc) (per curiam). Before enjoining the filing of further actions, however, the district court must afford the litigant notice and an opportunity to be heard. Cromer, 390 F.3d at 819; Here, the Because the Sindram an In re Oliver, 682 F.2d 443, 446 (3d Cir. 1982). district court sua sponte issued the injunction. court imposed the injunction without affording opportunity to be heard, we grant Sindram's request to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal, vacate the district court's order, and remand for further proceedings. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process. VACATED AND REMANDED 2

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