Timothy Buchanan v. Ernie Armstrong, et al
UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [12-11056 Dismissed as Frivolous] Judge: JES , Judge: ECP , Judge: SAH Mandate pull date is 07/18/2013; denying motion for production of documents filed by Appellant Mr. Timothy Wayne Buchanan [7348386-2]; denying motion to appoint counsel filed by Appellant Mr. Timothy Wayne Buchanan [7348384-2] [12-11056]
Date Filed: 06/27/2013
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
United States Court of Appeals
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
June 27, 2013
Lyle W. Cayce
ERNIE B. ARMSTRONG, District Judge 132 District Court, Borden County,
Texas; DANA COOLEY, District Attorney for Borden County, Texas; BORDEN
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Northern District of Texas
USDC No. 5:12-CV-155
Before SMITH, PRADO, and HIGGINSON, Circuit Judges.
Timothy Buchanan, Texas prisoner # 1014823, filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983
complaint alleging that the defendants had obtained his conviction for
aggravated sexual assault through fraud, conspiracy, and negligence. The
district court found that the complaint was subject to dismissal because, inter
alia, the defendants were immune from suit, that Buchanan’s claims were
Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR.
Date Filed: 06/27/2013
barred pursuant to Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 (1994), because his
conviction had not been overturned or invalidated, or, alternatively, that the
claims were time barred under Texas’s two-year statute of limitations. The
district court thus dismissed the complaint as frivolous, malicious, and for
failure to state a claim. Buchanan filed a timely notice of appeal.
In his appellate brief, Buchanan argues the merits of his claims
challenging the validity of his indictment and conviction. He does not, however,
address the district court’s immunity analysis or its alternative determinations
that his claims were barred by Heck or that they were untimely. Accordingly,
he has abandoned any challenge to those determinations, see Brinkmann v.
Dallas County Deputy Sheriff Abner, 813 F.2d 744, 748 (5th Cir. 1987), and has
failed to demonstrate that his “appeal involves legal points arguable on their
merits.” Howard v. King, 707 F.2d 215, 220 (5th Cir. 1983) (internal quotation
marks and citation omitted). Because Buchanan has not shown that his appeal
involves an issue of arguable merit, we dismiss his appeal as frivolous. See 5TH
CIR. R. 42.2. Buchanan’s motion for the appointment of counsel, his motion for
the production of documents, and any other outstanding motions are denied.
The district court’s dismissal of Buchanan’s complaint as frivolous and this
court’s dismissal of his appeal as frivolous count as two strikes for purposes of
28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). See Adepegba v. Hammons, 103 F.3d 383, 387-88 (5th Cir.
1996). Buchanan has at least one other strike resulting from the dismissal of a
frivolous complaint. See Buchanan v. Cooley, No. 5:03-CV-76 (N.D. Tex. Apr. 10,
2003). As Buchanan has accumulated at least three strikes under § 1915(g), he
may not proceed IFP in any civil action or appeal filed in a court of the United
States while he is incarcerated or detained in any facility unless he is under
imminent danger of serious physical injury. See § 1915(g). Buchanan is further
warned that any future frivolous or repetitive filings in this court or in any court
subject to this court’s jurisdiction will subject him to additional sanctions.
APPEAL DISMISSED; ALL OUTSTANDING MOTIONS DENIED;
§ 1915(g) BAR IMPOSED; SANCTION WARNING ISSUED.
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