Gillilan v. Headfield

Filing 3

ORDER denying request to proceed in forma pauperis and dismissing action without prejudice. Ordered by Judge Hugh Lawson on 3/30/2009. (nbp)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA MACON DIVISION GREGORY GILLILAN, : : Plaintiff : : vs. : : st 1 Shift Prison Guard Ms. HEADFIELD, : : Defendant : ____________________________________ NO. 5:09-CV-124 (HL) ORDER Plaintiff GREGORY GILLILAN, an inmate at Georgia State Prison in Reidsville, Georgia, has filed a pro se civil rights complaint under 42 U.S.C. 1983. Parties instituting any non-habeas civil actions are required to pay a filing fee of $350.00. 28 U.S.C. 1914(a). Because plaintiff has submitted a certificate of indigence, the Court assumes that he wishes to proceed in forma pauperis in this action. Under the "three strikes" provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act ("PLRA"), a prisoner is generally precluded from proceeding in forma pauperis if at least three prior lawsuits or appeals by the prisoner were dismissed as frivolous, malicious or failing to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. 28 U.S.C. 1915(g). Dismissal without prejudice for failure to exhaust administrative remedies and dismissal for abuse of judicial process are also properly counted as strikes. See Rivera v. Allin, 144 F.3d 719 (11th Cir. 1998). Section 1915(g) provides an exception to the three strikes rule, under which an inmate may proceed in forma pauperis if he alleges he is in "imminent danger of serious physical injury." The prisoner must allege a present imminent danger, as opposed to a past danger, to proceed under section1915(g)'s imminent danger exception. Medberry v. Butler, 185 F.3d 1189, 1193 (11th Cir. 1999). The Eleventh Circuit has upheld the constitutionality of section 1915(g) in concluding that section 1915(g) does not violate an inmate's right of access to the courts, the doctrine of separation of powers, an inmate's right to due process of law, or an inmate's right to equal protection. Rivera, 144 F.3d at 721-27. A review of court records reveals plaintiff has a prolific filing history.1 As plaintiff has more than three strikes, he cannot proceed in forma pauperis in the instant case unless he can show that he qualifies for the "imminent danger of serious physical injury" exception of section 1915(g). Although plaintiff makes wide-ranging allegations typical of his other "shot-gun" pleadings, such allegations do not support that plaintiff is in "imminent danger of serious physical injury." Moreover, if plaintiff wishes to file a claim alleging that he is in "imminent danger of serious physical injury," the proper venue for such claim is the Southern District of Georgia, where Georgia State Prison is located, not this district. Because plaintiff has more than three prior strikes and is not under imminent danger of serious injury, his request to proceed in forma pauperis is DENIED and the instant action is DISMISSED without prejudice. If plaintiff wishes to bring a new civil rights action, he may do so by submitting new complaint forms and the entire $350.00 filing fee at the time of filing the complaint. As the Eleventh Circuit stated in Dupree v. Palmer, 284 F.3d 1234, 1236 (11th Cir. 2002), a prisoner cannot simply pay the filing fee after being denied in forma pauperis status; he must pay the filing fee at the time he initiates the suit. At present, at least eleven (11) of plaintiff's complaints or appeals have been dismissed as frivolous pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1915: Gillilan v. Pollark, 1:07-CV-50 (WLS) (M.D. Ga. Apr. 4, 2007); Gillilan v. Galloway, 1:06-CV-71 (WLS) (M.D. Ga. Mar. 5, 2007); Gillilan v. Scarborough, 1:05-CV-172 (WLS) (M.D. Ga. Feb. 2, 2007); Gillilan v. Harrison, 1:06-CV-176 (WLS) (M.D. Ga. Jan. 31, 2007); Gillilan v. Bell, 1:07-CV-3 (WLS) (M.D. Ga. Jan. 11, 2007); Gillilan v. Thomas, 1:06-CV-122 (DHB) (S.D. Ga. Jan. 10, 2007); Gillilan v. Johnson, 1:06-CV-177 (WLS) (M.D. Ga. Jan. 8, 2007)( Additionally, a later appeal was dismissed as frivolous in this case on April 25, 2007); Gillilan v. Cannon, 1:06-CV-114 (WLS) (M.D. Ga. Aug. 8, 2006); Gillian v. Hilton, 1:05-CV-133 (WLS) (M.D. Ga. Aug. 18, 2006) (Additionally, a later appeal was dismissed in this case on May 8, 2007). 1 2 SO ORDERED, this 30th day of March, 2009. s/ Hugh Lawson HUGH LAWSON UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE cr 3

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