Grimes v. Roman
MEMORANDUM. Signed by Judge Paula Xinis on 5/1/2017. (kns, Deputy Clerk)(c/m 5/1/17)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MARYLAND
JEROME L. GRIMES
Civil Action No. PX-17-1024
The above-captioned complaint was filed by Jerome L. Grimes on April 13, 2017,
together with a motion to proceed in forma pauperis. ECF Nos. 1 & 2. Grimes is confined at the
Escambia County Jail in Pensacola, Florida.
Grimes’ pro se action appears to complain that, on an unspecified date, an extradition and
arrest warrant issued by the Rockville, Maryland Police Department and an incident report
authorized by Officer Roman defamed Grimes by falsely accusing him of making a bomb threat.
ECF No. 1, pp. 2-3. Grimes asks that the extradition warrant be quashed, the arrest warrant be
“lifted, and he be awarded $77,000.00 in damages. Id., p. 3.
Eight Montgomery County cases involving Grimes relate to traffic incidents occurring in
2016.1 The docket also reflects that on February 26, 2017, a warrant was issued for Grimes on
The court has examined the court docket for Montgomery County, Maryland,
which reflects Grimes having been cited for several traffic violations to include failure to display
his license to uniform police on demand, driving without a required license and authorization,
driving on a revoked out-of-state license, driving while license is suspended, driving on a
suspended out-of-state license, failure to attach vehicle registration plates at front and rear,
failure to display registration card upon demand by police, and driving without current
registration plates and validation tabs. State v. Grimes, Citation Nos. 16PODHH, 16QODHH,
February 26, 2017, on counts of arson/threat and making a false statement with regard to a
destructive device. See State v. Grimes, Case No. 5D00368618 (District Court For Montgomery
court has examined the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (“PACER”) database and
takes judicial notice that Grimes has filed hundreds of cases in the federal courts. In Grimes v.
Haney, et al., Civil Action No. JSW(PR)-15-436 (N.D. Cal.), for example, United States District
Court Judge Jeffrey S. White of the Northern District of California noted that “[o]n May 18,
2000, this Court informed [Grimes] that under the ‘three-strikes’ provisions of 28 U.S.C. §
1915(g) he generally is ineligible to proceed in forma pauperis in federal court with civil actions
filed while he is incarcerated.” (citing Grimes v. Oakland Police Dep’t, Civil Action No. CW-001100 (N.D. Cal.). Judge White further observed that “in 2003 alone [Grimes’] failure to pay the
full filing fee and to state cognizable claims for relief had resulted in the dismissal of
approximately thirty-six actions under § 1915(g).” Grimes v. Haney, et al., Civil Action No.
JSW(PR)-15-436. at ECF No. 4. Similarly, in 2007, United States District Court Judge Claudia
Wilken of the Northern District of California observed that “[t]he Court had routinely granted
[Grimes]leave to amend to pay the full filing fee and to state cognizable claims for relief but he
has habitually failed to do so. In 2003 alone Plaintiff's failure to comply resulted in the dismissal
of approximately thirty-six actions under § 1915(g).” See Grimes v. Wan, et al,. Civil Action
No. CW (PR)-07-1726 (N.D. Cal.). In the Western District of Louisiana, the District Court
noted that Grimes has “filed more than 350 complaints and appeals [, and] [t]hree or more of
16RODHH, 16SODHH, 16TODHH, 16VODHH, 26WODHH, & 16XODHH (District Court For
Montgomery County). See http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/casesearch/inquirySearch.jis.
them have been dismissed as frivolous.” See Grimes v. Ms. Lewis, et al., Civil Action No. EEFMLH-12-3159 (W.D. La.).
Under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e), a prisoner is prohibited from filing a civil action if he "has, on 3
or more 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). Given Grimes’ filing history in federal court, he is
barred under § 1915(g) from filing future prisoner complaints in forma pauperis unless he can
aver that he is under imminent danger of serious physical injury. The instant complaint is
rambling and incoherent, and Grimes does not allege that he is under imminent danger of serious
physical injury. Grimes is forewarned that should he attempt to file future civil rights actions in
this court, they must be accompanied by the civil filing fee. Additionally, any complaint filed
with an indigency application must establish that Grimes is in imminent danger of serious
Accordingly, Grimes’ motion to proceed in forma pauperis shall be denied and his
complaint shall be dismissed without prejudice by separate Order.
Date: May 1, 2017
United States District Judge
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