Evans (ID 67355) v. United States
ORDER ENTERED: Plaintiff is granted to and including February 2, 2017, to show cause to the Honorable Sam A. Crow why his motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis should not be denied pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g) or to submit the $400.00 filing fee to the clerk of the court. Signed by Magistrate Judge David J. Waxse on 01/19/17. Mailed to pro se party Delarick W. Evans by regular mail. (smnd)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
DELARICK W. EVANS,
CASE NO. 16-3244-SAC-DJW
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
This matter comes before the court on a civil complaint filed pro se by a prisoner in state
custody. Plaintiff seeks to be recognized as a direct descendant of a federally-recognized tribe
and related housing assistance.
As amended by the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) of 1996, 28 U.S.C. § 1915, the
federal in forma pauperis statute, provides that a prisoner bringing a civil action or appeal in
federal court must pay the full filing fee but may do so over time if granted leave to proceed in
forma pauperis. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1)-(2). The PLRA amendments also include a “3-strike”
provision that reads:
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).
This provision does not bar a prisoner with three strikes from filing civil actions, but it
operates to eliminate the privilege to proceed in forma pauperis. A prisoner who has three strikes
may still proceed in civil actions or appeals by prepaying the full filing fee. See Jennings v.
Natrona County Detention Center Medical Facility, 175 F.3d 775, 778 (10th Cir. 1999); see also
Medberry v. Butler, 185 F.3d 1190, 1193 n.2 (11th Cir. 1999)(“We note that 28 U.S.C. §1915(g)
does not deny prisoners the right of access to the courts; it merely requires them to pay the filing
fee immediately and in full rather than on an installment plan.”)
Having reviewed the court records, the court finds plaintiff is subject to the provisions of
28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). Plaintiff has filed cases in this district using both the name “Delarick
Evans” and an alias name of “Delarick Hunter.” The Kansas Department of Corrections
(“KDOC”) Offender Search website1 lists “Delarick Hunter” as an alias name for plaintiff, and
court records reflect that all pleadings submitted by Delarick Evans and Delarick Hunter bear the
same prison identification number (KDOC #67355) for the prisoner plaintiff.
Because plaintiff has filed at least three cases as “Delarick Hunter” which were dismissed
as legally frivolous or as stating no claim for relief,2 the court finds the “3-strike” bar in §
1915(g) applies to bar plaintiff from proceeding in forma pauperis in this civil action absent a
showing that he is under imminent danger of serious physical harm. While no such showing of
imminent physical harm is evident on the face of the complaint, the court will allow plaintiff a
The cases are: (1) Hunter v. Supreme Court of Kansas, Case No. 07-3037-SAC (action seeking
federal mandamus relief against state officials, dismissed as frivolous); (2) Hunter v. State of
Kansas, Case No. 08-3075-SAC (civil rights complaint concerning pending state court criminal
proceeding, damages claims dismissed as frivolous, claims for declaratory and injunctive relief
dismissed on abstention grounds); and (3) Hunter v. McKune, Case No. 08-3111-SAC (civil
rights action seeking damages for error in sentence computation dismissed as barred by Heck v.
Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 (1994)).
limited opportunity to make that showing or pay the $400.00 filing fee. The failure to file a
timely response may result in the dismissal of this action without additional prior notice.
IT IS, THEREFORE, BY THE COURT ORDERED that plaintiff is granted to and
including February 2, 2017, to show cause to the Honorable Sam A. Crow why his motion for
leave to proceed in forma paupers should not be denied pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g) or to
submit the $400.00 filing fee to the clerk of the court.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 19th day of January 2017, in Kansas City, Kansas.
s/ David J. Waxse _____________
David J. Waxse
U.S. Magistrate Judge
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