Caradine/Assabur v. Conrad
ORDER denying 1 Plaintiff's Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis; dismissing this case without prejudice pursuant to the 3 strikes rule in 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). If Plaintiff wishes to continue this case, he must, within 30 days of the entry of this order of dismissal: (a) pay the $350 filing fee in full, noting the above case style and number; and (b) file a motion to reopen the case. It is certified, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an in forma pauperis appeal from this order of dismissal and the accompanying judgment would not be taken in good faith. Signed by Judge Brian S. Miller on 8/25/11. (hph)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
WILLIAM F. CARADINE/ASSABUR,
CASE NO. 5:11CV00205 BSM/JTR
CONRAD, Mailroom Supervisor,
Varner Unit, Arkansas Department of Correction
On August 8, 2011, plaintiff William F. Caradine/Assabur, incarcerated at the Varner
Super Max Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction, filed a pro se section 1983
complaint and an application to proceed in forma pauperis. [Doc. No. 1, 2]. For the following
reasons, the application to proceed in forma pauperis will be denied and the case is dismissed
I. THREE STRIKES RULE
The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) contains a three strikes provision, which
specifies that a prisoner cannot proceed in forma pauperis “if the prisoner has on 3 or more
prior 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.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
Caradine/Assabur has previously filed at least four section 1983 actions that were
dismissed for failing to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. See
Caradine/Assabur v. St. Vincent Hosp., No. 4:11CV00027 JLH (dismissed on 2-7-11,
affirmed on appeal 6-9-11); Caradine/Assabur v. Univ. of Ark. for Med. Sci., No.
4:10CV001960 JLH (dismissed on 1-4-11, no appeal filed); Caradine/Assabur v. Soc. Sec.
Admin., No. 4:10CV001961 BRW (dismissed on 1-11-11, no appeal filed);
Caradine/Assabur v. Little Rock Police Dept., No. 4:10CV01962 SWW (dismissed on 1-1211, no appeal filed). Thus, Caradine/Assabur accumulated three strikes prior to commencing
this action on August 8, 2011.
II. IMMINENT DANGER EXCEPTION
Nevertheless, Caradine/Assabur still may be allowed to proceed in forma pauperis if
he falls under the “imminent danger” exception to the three strikes rule. See 28 U.S.C. §
1915(g). In Ashley v. Dilworth, the Eighth Circuit explained that the exception applies only
if the prisoner alleges that he is in imminent danger “at the time of filing” and that
“[a]llegations that the prisoner has faced imminent danger in the past are insufficient.” 147
F.3d 715, 717 (8th Cir. 1998). Furthermore, the Eighth Circuit has been reluctant to apply
the imminent danger exception unless the alleged ongoing danger subjects the prisoner to a
risk of a truly serious physical injury. Id.
Caradine/Assabur alleges that, in December 2010, defendant mailroom supervisor
Conrad stole $45,000 in cash that was sent to Caradine/Assabur by his grandmother. [Doc.
No. 2]. Clearly, that allegation does not currently place Caradine/Assabur in imminent danger
of serious physical injury. Accordingly, he is not entitled to proceed in forma pauperis.
III. LOCAL RULE 5.5
Caradine/Assabur is notified of his responsibility to comply with Local Rule 5.5(c)(2),
which states: “It is the duty of any party not represented by counsel to promptly notify the
Clerk and the other parties to the proceedings of any change in his or her address, to monitor
the progress of the case, and to prosecute or defend the action diligently. A party appearing
for himself/herself shall sign his/her pleadings and state his/her address, zip code, and
telephone number. If any communication from the Court to a pro se plaintiff is not responded
to within thirty (30) days, the case may be dismissed without prejudice. Any party proceeding
pro se shall be expected to be familiar with and follow the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.”
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT:
Plaintiff’s application to proceed in forma pauperis [Doc. No. 1] is DENIED.
This case is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE pursuant to the three strikes
rule in 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
If Plaintiff wishes to continue this case, he must, within thirty (30) days of the
entry of this order of dismissal: (a) pay the $350 filing fee in full, noting the above case style
and number; and (b) file a motion to reopen the case.
It is certified, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an in forma pauperis
appeal from this order of dismissal and the accompanying judgment would not be taken in
Dated this 25th day of August 2011.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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