Dufrene v. Batiste
ORDER Vacating 5 Order on Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Prisoner). The 2 Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis is DENIED. Plaintiff is granted twenty-one (21) days from the date of this Order to pay $400.00, the full amount of the Court's filing fee. No partial payments will be accepted. Filing Fee due by 8/15/2017. Signed by Magistrate Judge Erin Wilder-Doomes on 7/25/2017. (LLH)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
CHRISTOPHER DUFRENE (#102405)
Pro se plaintiff, an inmate incarcerated at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center (AEHCC@),
St. Gabriel, Louisiana, filed this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. ' 1983 against Warden Batiste,
complaining that his constitutional rights were violated in July 2014 when he was subjected to
unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Specifically, Plaintiff complained that the toilet in
his cell was “stop[ped] up” for four days, during which period he was required to eat his meals
with human waste in the toilet.
Pursuant to a prior Order in this case (R. Doc. 5), the Court
granted Plaintiff authorization to proceed in forma pauperis herein.
The statute applicable to the granting by courts of in forma pauperis status to inmates in
civil proceedings challenging the conditions of their confinement establish that Plaintiff is no
longer entitled to proceed as a pauper in this case. This statute, 28 U.S.C. ' 1915(g), provides,
in pertinent part:
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).
In Adepegba v. Hammons, 103 F.3d 383 (5th Cir. 1996), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
examined the effect of the referenced statute and concluded that all civil actions or appeals
dismissed as frivolous, malicious or for failure to state a claim are included within the ambit of the
“three strikes” provision of § 1915(g).
In addition, an interpretation of Adepegba instructs that
this Court should revoke the prior grant of pauper status to inmates who are later determined to
have accumulated three “strikes” and should require that these inmates pay the Court’s filing fee
or face dismissal of their pending actions or appeals.
See id. at 388 (concluding that the appeal
under review in that case and all other pending appeals filed by the “three strikes” petitioner should
be dismissed in the absence of payment by the petitioner of the full amount of the Court’s filing
A review of federal court records reflects that Plaintiff has, on three or more prior occasions
while incarcerated, brought actions or appeals in the federal courts that have been dismissed as
frivolous, malicious, or for failure to state a claim.1
Accordingly, because Plaintiff is now barred
from proceeding in forma pauperis in this case,2 he is required to pay the full amount of the Court=s
filing fee. Therefore,
IT IS ORDERED that the Order of this Court dated April 23, 2015 (R. Doc. 5), pursuant
to which Plaintiff was granted in forma pauperis status in this proceeding, be and it is hereby
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff=s Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis
herein (R. Doc. 2) is hereby DENIED.
1. Cases filed by Plaintiff, while incarcerated, that have been dismissed by the federal
courts as frivolous or for failure to state a claim include, but are not limited to, Christopher Dufrene
v. Captain Turner, et al., Civil Action No. 05-2066-SMH (W.D. La.), Christopher Dufrene v. Mrs.
Been, Civil Action No. 16-0049-SDD-EWD (M.D. La.), and Christopher Dufrene v. Ray Hanson,
Civil Action No. 07-1090-SMH (W.D. La.) (dismissal for failure to state a claim where the failure
to exhaust administrative remedies was clear from the face of Plaintiff’s Complaint, recognized as
being a “strike” in Emmett v. Ebner, 423 Fed. Appx. 492 (5th Cir. 2011); Martinez v. Bus Driver,
344 Fed. Appx. 492 (5th Cir. 2009); and Johnson v. Kukua, 342 Fed. Appx. 933 (5th Cir. 2009)).
2. The Court finds that the allegations of the Complaint do not fall within the Aimminent
danger@ exception to the statute.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff is granted twenty-one (21) days from the date
of this Order within which to pay $400.00, the full amount of the Court=s filing fee.
fee must be paid in full in a single payment.
No partial payments will be accepted.
pay the filing fee within 21 days shall result in the dismissal of Plaintiff=s action without
further notice from the Court.
Signed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 25, 2017.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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