CARROLL v. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
MEMORANDUM OPINION Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on 3/23/09. (mmh, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
NANCY MAYER WHITIINGTON. CLERK U.S. DISTRICT COURT
WESLEY CARROLL, Plaintiff, v. DEP ARTMENT OF THE NAVY, Defendant.
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Civil Action No. 09-0077 (UNA)
Under the Prison Litigation Reform Act ("PLRA"), a prisoner may not proceed in forma
pauperis if while incarcerated he has filed at least three prior cases that were dismissed as
frivolous, malicious, or for failure to state a claim. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g); see Ibrahim v. District
of Columbia, 463 F.3d 3, 6 (D.C. Cir. 2006); Ibrahim v. District of Columbia, 208 F.3d 1032,
1033 (D.C. Cir. 2000); Smith v. District of Columbia, 182 F.3d 25,29 (D.C. Cir. 1999). There is an exception for a prisoner who shows that he "is under imminent danger of serious physical injury" at the time he files suit. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). Plaintiff is not eligible to proceed informa
pauperis because he has accumulated more than "three strikes" for purposes of the PLRA. See, e.g., Carroll v. Clerk of Court, No. 08-1684, 2009 WL 112546, at *1 (W.D. Pa. Jan. 15,2009)
(denying motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis under 28 U.S.c. § 1915(g) and dismissing complaint without prejudice to re-filing after payment of the filing fee). Moreover, review of the complaint reveals that plaintiff brings this action against the Department of the Navy under the Freedom of Information Act, see 5 U.S.c. § 552, and nothing in the pleading suggests that plaintiff is in imminent danger of serious physical injury. Absent such an
allegation, plaintiff does not overcome the bar imposed by Section 1915(g). Accordingly, the Court denies plaintiff s motion to proceed in forma pauperis and dismisses this action under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
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