Munn v. Brown, et al
ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE; IFP status is revoked; within 30 days the plaintiff may pay the filing fee in full with a motion to reopen in order to pursue case; pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1915(a)(3), that an IFP appeal would not be taken in good faith. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on February 14, 2018. (cnn)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
Civil No. 4:18-cv-04002
REN BROWN, Police Office and Parole
Officer; CHRISTINE WILLIAMS, Parole
Officer; MR. JOHNSON, Supervisor
Manager; and LISA WILLIS WILKISON,
Willie Munn, an inmate in the Arkansas Department of Correction, Ouachita River Unit,
brings this pro se civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Before the Court is the issue
of Plaintiff’s in forma pauperis status and the number of his previous 42 U.S.C. § 1983 lawsuits
that have been dismissed for failure to state a claim.
Plaintiff submitted his Complaint for filing on January 5, 2018, but did not submit an in
forma pauperis application (“IFP”) with the Complaint. (ECF No. 1). The Court ordered Plaintiff
to submit an IFP application. (ECF No. 2). Plaintiff filed his IFP application on January 25, 2018,
and the Court granted Plaintiff IFP status. (ECF Nos. 4, 5).
While Plaintiff’s allegations are somewhat difficult to decipher, it appears he is claiming
that he has been falsely imprisoned because his parole was revoked at a hearing held on November
27, 2017. Plaintiff states he should be released from custody in order to care for his elderly mother
who is blind and has cancer. Id. at p. 7. Plaintiff is suing Defendants in their individual and official
capacities. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages in the amount of $1,500,000.00.
(ECF No. 1, p. 5).
The PLRA contains a “three strikes” provision, 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g), which limits the
ability of a prisoner, who has filed at least three claims that have been dismissed as frivolous,
malicious, or for failure to state a claim, to obtain IFP status. This provision has commonly become
known as the “three strikes rule” or the “three strikes provision.” Shortly after granting Plaintiff
IFP status, the Court discovered that, prior to filing the present lawsuit, Plaintiff had filed at least
three cases which were dismissed as frivolous, malicious, or for failure to state a claim: (1) Munn
v. Endell, Civil No. 5:93-cv-00308 (E.D. Ark. May 25, 1993); (2) Munn v. Garland, et al. Civil
No. 4:02-cv-04132 (W.D. Ark. March 13, 2003); and (3) Munn v. Hunt, et al., Civil No. 4:15-cv04072 (W.D. Ark. Oct. 5, 2017).
Although Plaintiff has at least three strikes, he may still proceed IFP if he is under “under
imminent danger of serious physical injury.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). Plaintiff has made no such
allegation. Therefore, he is not eligible to proceed IFP.
For the foregoing reasons, Plaintiff's IFP status is revoked, and Plaintiff’s Complaint (ECF
No. 1) is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. If Plaintiff wishes to continue this case, he
must complete the following within thirty (30) days of the entry of this Order: (1) pay the $350
filing fee in full, noting the above case style and number; and (2) file a motion to reopen the case.
The Court CERTIFIES, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1915(a)(3), that an IFP appeal would not
be taken in good faith.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 14th day of February, 2018.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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