Emerson v. United States et al
ORDER AND REASONS denying 2 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the CLERK is instructed to terminate the deficiency notation and entry 1 in connection with plaintiff's complaint. Signed by Magistrate Judge Michael North. (bwn)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
CHRISTOPHER J. EMERSON
UNITED STATES, LYLE W. CAYCE
SECTION: “G” (5)
ORDER AND REASONS
Plaintiff, Christopher Emerson, a prisoner presently incarcerated in the Michael Unit,
Tennessee Colony, Texas, filed the above‐captioned pro se civil complaint against government
officials pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1331 under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Federal
Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388 (1971). With his complaint, Emerson filed an application to
proceed in forma pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1915. This is a non‐dispositive pretrial
matter which was referred to the undersigned United States Magistrate Judge pursuant to
Local Rule 72.1B(1) and 28 U.S.C. § 636(b).
The Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104‐134, 110 Stat. 1321, now
codified at Title 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g), provides that a prisoner shall not be allowed to bring a
civil action pursuant to § 1915 if he has, on three 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 as frivolous, malicious, or for failure to state a claim for which relief can be granted,
unless the prisoner is under imminent danger of serious physical injury.
Emerson is a frequent litigant in the State of Texas. While incarcerated in Texas, he has
filed numerous pro se and in forma pauperis civil rights complaints in the federal district
courts. The Court’s records establish that at least three of these actions or related appeals
were dismissed as frivolous or for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted:
Christopher J. Emerson v. Rissie Owens, et al., Civil Action No. 1:12‐cv‐00629‐SS (W.D. Tx‐Austin
2012); Christopher J. Emerson v. Rick Thaler, Civil Action No. 4:11‐cv‐02367 (S.D. Tx.‐Houston
2011) (see also No. 12‐20216 5th Cir. Mar. 20, 2013 ‐ sanction warning issued on appeal);
Christopher J. Emerson v. Alan Polunsky, et al., Civil Action No. 3:98‐cv‐00050 (S.D. Tx.‐
Accordingly, plaintiff may not proceed as a pauper in this action unless he fits within
the "imminent danger" exception of § 1915(g). As his complaint states, he is aggrieved by
alleged "callous obstruction and interference" with his federal lawsuits and appeals, and in
particular, designation of his previous lawsuits as frivolous. Emerson's complaint does not
demonstrate that he is in imminent danger of serious physical injury. For the foregoing
IT IS ORDERED that Emerson's motion to proceed in forma pauperis is DENIED
pursuant to Title 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the CLERK is instructed to terminate the deficiency
notation and entry (Rec. Doc. 1) in connection with plaintiff's complaint.
New Orleans, Louisiana, this day of , 2015.
MICHAEL B. NORTH
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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