Tillery v. Storms

Filing 4

ORDER dismissing case without prejudice pursuant to 28 U.S.C. section 1915(g); denying motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. No. 2), and directing the Clerk to close this case. Signed by Judge Patricia C. Fawsett on 6/5/2007. (SCB)

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Tillery v. Storms Doc. 4 Case 6:07-cv-00936-PCF-DAB Document 4 Filed 06/07/2007 Page 1 of 2 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA ORLANDO DIVISION KENNETH R. TILLERY, Plaintiff, v. OFFICER L. STORMS, Defendant. CASE NO. 6:07-cv-936-Orl-19DAB ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE On June 1, 2007, Plaintiff filed a civil rights complaint (Doc. No. 11). On the same day, he also filed a motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. No. 2). Section 1915(g) of Title 28 limits a prisoner's ability to bring a civil action in forma pauperis under certain circumstances: (g) In no event shall a prisoner bring a civil action or appeal a judgment in a civil action or proceeding under this section 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). Thus, if a prisoner has had three or more cases dismissed for one of the recited reasons, he cannot proceed in forma pauperis and must pay the filing fee in full at the time the lawsuit is initiated. Dupree v. Palmer, 284 F.3d 1234, 1236 (11th Cir. 2002). Furthermore, " 1915(g)'s language makes it clear that the three strikes rule applies to claims dismissed prior to [its April 26, 1996] effective date." Medberry v. Butler, 185 F.3d 1189, 1192 (11th Cir. 1999). The Court takes judicial notice of filings previously brought by Plaintiff that were dismissed on the grounds that they were frivolous, malicious, or failed to state a claim upon which relief may Dockets.Justia.com Case 6:07-cv-00936-PCF-DAB Document 4 Filed 06/07/2007 Page 2 of 2 be granted: (1) 6:00-cv-552-Orl-19A; (2) 6:00-cv-1038-Orl-28A; and (3) 6:03-cv-1589-Orl-22KRS.1 Based upon these three prior dismissals and Plaintiff's failure to allege that he is under imminent danger of serious physical injury, his application to proceed in forma pauperis will be denied, and this action will be dismissed without prejudice. Plaintiff may initiate a new civil rights action by filing a new civil rights complaint form and paying the full filing fee. Accordingly, it is now ORDERED AND ADJUDGED: 1. 2. 3. Plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. No. 2) is DENIED. This case is hereby DISMISSED without prejudice. The Clerk of the Court is directed to close this case. day of June, 2007. DONE AND ORDERED at Orlando, Florida this 5th Copies to: sa 6/5 Kenneth R. Tillery Furthermore, the Court notes that Plaintiff certified under penalty of perjury that the complaint was true and correct. (Doc. No. 1 at 10.) However, he failed to mention any of his previous lawsuits on pages 5 and 6 of the complaint. In fact, Plaintiff specifically checked the "No" box after the question inquiring as to whether he had initiated any other lawsuits in federal court relating to his imprisonment or conditions thereof. See id. at 5. Moreover, two of Plaintiff's previous cases were dismissed for failure to truthfully complete the complaint. See 5:00-cv-311-Oc10 (dismissed for abuse of the judicial process); 5:00-cv-345-Oc-10 (same). In addition, one other complaint filed by Plaintiff was dismissed based on 28 U.S.C. 1915(g) . See 5:04-cv-120-Oc10GRJ. 1

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