Lingo v. Cutchens et al (INMATE1)

Filing 3

ORDER denying 2 Affidavit for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. Signed by Judge Charles S. Coody on 3/29/07. (vma, )

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Lingo v. Cutchens et al (INMATE1) Doc. 3 Case 1:07-cv-00269-WHA-CSC Document 3 Filed 03/29/2007 Page 1 of 4 IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA SOUTHERN DIVISION RALPH LINGO, Plaintiff, v. THOMAS CUTCHENS, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:07-CV-269-WHA ) [WO] ) ) ) ) ORDER AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE On March 28, 2007, Ralph Lingo ["Lingo"], an inmate and frequent litigant in this court, filed a motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. 1915(a). Application to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees - Court Doc. No. 2. However, under the directives of 28 U.S.C. 1915(g), a prisoner is not allowed to bring a civil action or proceed on appeal in forma pauperis if he "has, on 3 or more occasions, while incarcerated or detained in any facility, brought an action or appeal in a court of the United States that was dismissed on the grounds that it is frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, unless the prisoner is under imminent danger of serious physical injury."1 In Rivera v. Allin, 144 F.3d 719, 731 (11th Cir. 1998), the Court determined that the "three strikes" provision of 28 U.S.C. 1915(g), which requires frequent filer prisoner indigents to prepay the entire filing fee before federal courts may consider their cases and appeals, "does not violate the First Amendment right to access the courts; the separation of judicial and legislative powers; the Fifth Amendment right to due process of law; or the Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection, as incorporated through the Fifth Amendment." 1 Dockets.Justia.com Case 1:07-cv-00269-WHA-CSC Document 3 Filed 03/29/2007 Page 2 of 4 The records of this court establish that Lingo, while incarcerated or detained, has on three occasions had civil actions dismissed as frivolous, malicious, for failure to state a claim and/or for asserting claims against defendants who were immune from suit pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. 1915. The cases on which this court relies in finding a violation of 1915(g) are: (1) Lingo v. State of Alabama, et al., Case No. 1:06-CV-462-WHA (M.D. Ala. 2006); (2) Lingo v. Luker, Case No. 1:06-CV-453-WHA (M.D. Ala. 2006); and (3) Lingo v. State of Alabama, et al., Case No. 1:06-CV-45-MEF (M.D. Ala. 2006). In the instant civil action, Lingo complains that a private individual, Tommy Cutchens, burglarized his home on May 7, 2003 and stole various items of personal property. Plaintiff's Complaint - Court Doc. No. 1 at 2. Lingo further complains that Troy Silva, an officer with the Henry County Sheriff's Department, has failed to effectuate the criminal prosecution of Cuthchens for the crimes committed in May of 2003. Id. at 3. These allegations fail to demonstrate that Lingo was "under imminent danger of serious physical injury" at the time he filed this cause of action as is required to meet the "imminent danger" exception to application of 28 U.S.C. 1915(g). Medberry v. Butler, 185 F.3d 1189 (11th Cir. 1999). Based on the foregoing, the court concludes that Lingo's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis is due to be denied and this case dismissed without prejudice as Lingo failed to pay the requisite $350 filing fee upon the initiation of this cause of action. Dupree v. Palmer, 284 F.3d 1234, 1236 (11th Cir. 2002)(emphasis in original) ("[T]he proper procedure is for the district court to dismiss the complaint without prejudice when it denies 2 Case 1:07-cv-00269-WHA-CSC Document 3 Filed 03/29/2007 Page 3 of 4 the prisoner leave to proceed in forma pauperis pursuant to the provisions of 1915(g)" because the prisoner "must pay the filing fee at the time he initiates the suit."). CONCLUSION Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed by Ralph Lingo on March 28, 2007 (Court Doc. No. 2) be and is hereby DENIED. Additionally, it is the RECOMMENDATION of the Magistrate Judge that this case be dismissed without prejudice for Lingo's failure to pay the full filing fee upon initiation of this case. It is further ORDERED that on or before April 11, 2007 the parties may file objections to the Recommendation. Any objections filed must specifically identify the findings in the Magistrate Judge's Recommendation to which the party is objecting. Frivolous, conclusive or general objections will not be considered by the District Court. The parties are advised that this Recommendation is not a final order of the court and, therefore, it is not appealable. Failure to file written objections to the proposed findings and advisements in the Magistrate Judge's Recommendation shall bar the party from a de novo determination by the District Court of issues covered in the Recommendation and shall bar the party from attacking on appeal factual findings in the Recommendation accepted or adopted by the District Court except upon grounds of plain error or manifest injustice. Nettles v. Wainwright, 677 F.2d 404 (5th Cir. 1982). See Stein v. Reynolds Securities, Inc., 667 F.2d 3 Case 1:07-cv-00269-WHA-CSC Document 3 Filed 03/29/2007 Page 4 of 4 33 (11th Cir. 1982). See also Bonner v. City of Prichard, 661 F.2d 1206 (11th Cir. 1981, en banc), adopting as binding precedent all of the decisions of the former Fifth Circuit handed down prior to the close of business on September 30, 1981. Done this 29th day of March, 2007. /s/Charles S. Coody CHARLES S. COODY CHIEF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 4

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