Ricky Ewing v. Mikel Peabody, et al
UNPUBLISHED OPINION ORDER FILED. [17-60412 Dismissed as Frivolous] Judge: JLD , Judge: LHS , Judge: SAH Mandate issue date is 12/29/2017; denying motion to proceed IFP in accordance with PLRA filed by Appellant Mr. Ricky Ronnell Ewing [8531744-2] [17-60412]
Date Filed: 12/07/2017
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
United States Court of Appeals
December 7, 2017
Lyle W. Cayce
RICKY RONNELL EWING,
MIKEL PEABODY, Corrections Officer at SMCI; ZENIA HOLICOMB,
Lieutenant at SMCI; SHETICA LOCKHART, Lieutenant at SMCI,
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Southern District of Mississippi
USDC No. 1:16-CV-52
Before DENNIS, SOUTHWICK, and HIGGINSON, Circuit Judges.
PER CURIAM: *
Ricky Ronnell Ewing, Mississippi prisoner # 34353, moves for leave to
proceed in forma pauperis (IFP) on appeal from the dismissal of his 42 U.S.C.
§ 1983 complaint. The district court denied Ewing leave to proceed IFP on
appeal, certifying that the appeal was not taken in good faith because Ewing
had not sought review of any issue that was arguable on its merits.
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 R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH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. R. 47.5.4.
Date Filed: 12/07/2017
Ewing pleads his indigency and complains of prison officials’
mistreatment of him, but he does not address the legal basis for the district
court’s dismissal of his complaint, namely, his failure to exhaust
administrative remedies. Because Ewing has failed to challenge the legal basis
for the district court’s dismissal of his § 1983 complaint and the certification
that his appeal is not taken in good faith, he has abandoned the critical issues
of his appeal. See Brinkmann v. Dallas County Deputy Sheriff Abner, 813 F.2d
744, 748 (5th Cir. 1987). Thus, the appeal lacks arguable merit and is therefore
frivolous. See Howard v. King, 707 F.2d 215, 220 (5th Cir. 1983). Ewing’s
motion for leave to proceed IFP on appeal is DENIED, and his appeal is
DISMISSED as frivolous. See Baugh v. Taylor, 117 F.3d 197, 202 n.24 (5th
Cir. 1997); 5TH CIR. R. 42.2.
The dismissal of this appeal as frivolous counts as a strike under 28
U.S.C. § 1915(g). See § 1915(g); Coleman v. Tollefson, 135 S. Ct. 1759, 1763-64
(2015). Ewing has at least two other strikes. Ewing v. Richie, et al., No. 1760176 (5th Cir. Nov. 15, 2017); Ewing v. Jone, et al., No. 1:15-CV-254
(S.D. Miss. Feb. 1, 2016). As Ewing 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).
Ewing is further warned that any future frivolous or repetitive filings in this
court or any court subject to this court’s jurisdiction will subject him to
MOTION DENIED; APPEAL DISMISSED; § 1915(g) BAR IMPOSED.
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