GARRETT et al v. BURGLORD et al
ORDER Dismissing this action without prejudice. Ordered by US DISTRICT JUDGE C ASHLEY ROYAL on 10/12/2017. (lap)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
RELLZ BURGLORD, et. al.,
Pro se Plaintiff Johnnie Garrett 1 , currently incarcerated in Pinckneyville
Correctional Center, located in Pinckneyville, Illinois, submitted a pro se handwritten
document which the Clerk docketed as a civil rights complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
The exact nature of Plaintiff’s claims are unclear, but Plaintiff has attached to his complaint
what appears to be a sanction order against Plaintiff, a printout of a cable television
programming schedule, and various magazine articles with no apparent relationship to
each other. It appears that Plaintiff may be requesting some unknown relief related to
“China Anne McClain,” but also brings this claim on Ms. McClain’s behalf. Plaintiff
failed to pay the court’s filing fee, and presumably seeks to proceed in this action without
the prepayment of that fee.
Plaintiff is also known as Johnny Garrett.
The Court has now reviewed the complaint and all other submissions and finds that
Plaintiff may not proceed in this action without first prepaying the full $400.00 filing fee,
as at least three of his prior federal lawsuits were dismissed as frivolous, malicious, or for
failure to state a claim and count as “strikes” under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). Consequently,
Plaintiff cannot proceed in this action in forma puaperis and this action is DISMISSED
Federal law prohibits a prisoner from bringing a civil action in federal court in
if [he] 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). This is known as the “three strikes provision.” Under § 1915(g), a
prisoner incurs a “strike” any time he has a federal lawsuit or appeal dismissed on the
grounds that it is frivolous or malicious or fails to state a claim. Medberry v. Butler, 185
F.3d 1189, 1193 (11th Cir. 1999). If a prisoner incurs three strikes, his ability to proceed
in forma pauperis in federal court is greatly limited and leave may not be granted unless the
prisoner shows an “imminent danger of serious physical injury.” Id.
A review of court records on the Federal Judiciary’s Public Access to Court
Electronic Records (“PACER”) database reveals that Plaintiff has filed dozens of federal
lawsuits and least three complaints were dismissed as frivolous, malicious, or for failure to
state a claim. See Garrett v. State of Illinois, 3:13-cv-01298, ECF No. 5, (S.D. Ill.
December 30, 2013) (dismissed as frivolous); Garrett v. Attorney General, 3:13-cv-01196,
ECF No. 7 (S.D. Ill. December 17, 2013) (dismissed as frivolous and malicious and
assessed as a strike); Garrett v. Attorney General, 3:13-cv-01087, ECF No. 9 (S. D. Ill.,
January 21, 2014) (dismissed for failure to state a claim and assessed as a strike); Garrett v.
State of Illinois Attorney General, 2:13-cv-04971, ECF No. 2 (C.D. Ca. July 11, 2013)
(dismissed as frivolous assessed as a strike).
Because of this, Plaintiff may not proceed in forma pauperis unless he can show that
he qualifies for the “imminent danger” exception in § 1915(g). Medberry, 185 F.3d at
1193. When reviewing a pro se prisoner’s complaint for this purpose, the district court
must accept all factual allegations in the complaint as true and view all allegations of
imminent danger in Plaintiff’s favor. Brown v. Johnson, 387 F.3d 1344, 1347 (11th Cir.
2004); Tannenbaum v. United States, 148 F.3d 1262, 1263 (11th Cir. 1998). Plaintiff does
not allege imminent danger, and an independent review of his complaint establishes that
his allegations do not implicate physical injury, much less one that is both imminent and
Because Plaintiff has three prior dismissals that properly qualify as strikes under 28
U.S.C. § 1915(g), he may not proceed in forma pauperis. Once a plaintiff is denied in
forma pauperis status, he cannot simply pay the filing fee and proceed with his complaint.
Dupree v. Palmer, 284 F.3d 1234, 1236 (11th Cir. 2002).
complaint is DISMISSED without prejudice. Id. (the proper procedure is to dismiss the
complaint without prejudice).
SO ORDERED, this 12th day of October, 2017.
S/ C. Ashley Royal
C. ASHLEY ROYAL, SENIOR JUDGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
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