Grandinetti v. Sells
DISMISSAL ORDER. Signed by JUDGE DERRICK K. WATSON on 10/13/2016. -- (1) This action is DISMISSED without prejudice pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g), for Grandinetti's failure to concurrently pay the civil filing fee wh en he filed his Complaint and commenced this action. (2) The Clerk of Court is DIRECTED to close the case and note this dismissal is pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). (ecs, )CERTIFICATE OF SERVICEParticipants registered to receive electronic notifications received this document electronically at the e-mail address listed on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF). Participants not registered to receive electronic notifications were served by first class mail on the date of this docket entry
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF HAWAII
) Civ. No. 16-00517 DKW/RLP
) DISMISSAL ORDER
Before the court is pro se Plaintiff Francis Grandinetti’s prisoner civil rights
Complaint. Grandinetti is incarcerated at the Saguaro Correctional Center
(“SCC”), located in Eloy, Arizona. Plaintiff has not paid the $400.00 filing and
administrative fees or filed an Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis. He
apparently seeks to renew claims that he previously raised regarding alleged
injuries he has received at SCC since 2008. Grandinetti alleges that Defendant
Patricia Sells, SCC “Regional Health Services Director,” supervisor with the
Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), and alleged agent of the Hawaii
Department of Public Safety (DPS), has denied him medical transfers. See Compl.,
ECF No. 1, PageID #1. The Court will dismiss this action.
I. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g)
A prisoner may not bring a civil action or appeal a civil judgment in forma
pauperis 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
28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
“[Section] 1915(g) should be used to deny a prisoner’s IFP status only when,
after careful evaluation of the order dismissing an action, and other relevant
information, the district court determines that the action was dismissed because it
was frivolous, malicious or failed to state a claim.” Andrews v. King, 398 F.3d
1113, 1121 (9th Cir. 2005). “[T]he district court docket records may be sufficient
to show that a prior dismissal satisfies at least one of the criteria under § 1915(g)
and therefore counts as a strike.” Id. at 1120.
Grandinetti has accrued three strikes pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g),1 and
has been notified many times regarding these strikes. He may not proceed without
See, e.g., Grandinetti v. FTC Seg. Unit Staff, 426 F. App’x 576 (9th Cir. 2011);
Grandinetti v. Shimoda, 1:05-cv-00442 JMS-BMK (D. Haw. 2005); Grandinetti v. Stampfle,
1:05-cv-00692 HG-LK (D. Haw. 2005). See http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov.
complete concurrent payment of the civil filing and administrative fee, unless he is
in imminent danger of serious physical injury. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
II. NO IMMINENT DANGER
Availability of the imminent danger “exception turns on the conditions a
prisoner faced at the time the complaint was filed, not some earlier or later time.”
Andrews v. Cervantes, 493 F.3d 1047, 1053 (9th Cir. 2007). “[T]he exception
applies if the complaint makes a plausible allegation that the prisoner faced
‘imminent danger of serious physical injury’ at the time of filing.” Id. at 1055.
Claims of “imminent danger of serious physical injury” cannot be triggered solely
by complaints of past abuse. See Ashley v. Dilworth, 147 F.3d 715, 717 (8th Cir.
1998); Luedtke v. Bertrand, 32 F. Supp. 2d 1074, 1077 (E.D. Wis. 1999).
Grandinetti refers to injuries he allegedly received and challenged since
2008.2 In fact, Grandinetti recently sought to renew these very same claims in
Grandinetti v.Stampfle, 1:16-cv-00436 JMS/RLP, against a different defendant. In
that action, Grandinetti attached five Medical Requests that he had submitted to
SCC personnel, that showed Grandinetti received responses to his requests for
care. See Compl., 1:16-cv-00436 JMS/RLP, PageID #3-7. Here, Grandinetti
Grandinetti lists: “handcuffing injuries (mangled wrists), a cracked right thumb, a
fractured/cracked left shoulder, forearm atrophy, weight loss, acne, a hernia (inquinal softfracture), blindness, eye/nasal damages, dental damages, diet/meal errors, etc.” See Compl.,
1:16-cv-00517, ECF 1, PageId #1.
attaches three Medical Requests dated January to February 2016, in which he
sought a medical exam before appearing for a parole hearing in April 2016. See
Compl., 1:16-cv-00517, ECF 1, PageId #2-4. These Requests show that SCC
personnel addressed his request but Grandinetti refused to attend any medical
appointments. Id., PageID #4. These incidents cannot support a claim of imminent
danger in this action. Moreover, Grandinetti provides no explanation why venue
for his claims, concerning events that allegedly occurred in Arizona and are alleged
against an Arizona resident, is proper in the District of Hawaii. See 28 U.S.C.
Grandinetti has not made a credible or coherent allegation that he is in
imminent danger of serious physical injury and his allegations do not plausibly
support such a finding. The Court dismisses without prejudice Grandinetti’s
Complaint and this action, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). If Grandinetti wishes
to reassert these claims in the future, he must prepay the entire $400.00 filing and
administrative fees when he files his action and must file his complaint on the
required court-approved form. He is further notified that venue for these claims
arises in the District of Arizona, not the District of Hawaii.
(1) This action is DISMISSED without prejudice pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(g), for Grandinetti’s failure to concurrently pay the civil filing fee when he
filed his Complaint and commenced this action.
(2) The Clerk of Court is DIRECTED to close the case and note this
dismissal is pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: October 13, 2016 at Honolulu, Hawai’i.
Francis Grandinetti v. Patricia Sells; Civil No. 16-00517 DKW-RLP;
Grandinetti v.Sells, 1:16-cv-00517 DKW/RLP; 3 stks 2016 Grandinetti v. Sells 16-517 (no dgr, past alleg of harm)
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