Robinson v. Andrews et al
ORDER Denying Plaintiff's 3 Application for Leave to Proceed Without Prepaying of the Filing Fee and Dismissing 1 Complaint. Signed by District Judge Thomas L. Ludington. (KWin)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 1:17-cv-11557
Honorable Thomas L. Ludington
STEPHEN ANDREWS, ET AL.,
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S APPLICATION FOR LEAVE
TO PROCEED WITHOUT PREPAYMENT OF THE FILING FEE
AND DISMISSING COMPLAINT
Michigan state prisoner Christopher Robinson has filed a pro se civil rights complaint
under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and an application to proceed without prepayment of the filing fee for
this action. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(1). The complaint names thirty-six defendants and raises
claims of malicious prosecution, abuse of process, violation of Fourth Amendment, conspiracy,
failure to prevent filing of false criminal charges, false imprisonment, malice, violation of the
Eight Amendment, violation of the Equal Protection Clause, prosecutorial and judicial
misconduct, and kidnapping. Plaintiff seeks monetary damages and injunctive relief. Plaintiff
has requested that he be permitted to proceed in forma pauperis in this case. See 28 U.S.C. §
1915(a)(1) (1996). For the reasons stated below, the Court will deny Plaintiff leave to proceed in
forma pauperis and will dismiss the complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
Under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (“PLRA”), Pub. L. No. 104-134, 110 Stat. 1321
(1996), a prisoner is prevented from proceeding in forma pauperis in a civil action under certain
circumstances. The statute states, in relevant 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.
42 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
In short, this “three strikes” provision allows the court to dismiss a case where the
prisoner seeks to proceed in forma pauperis, if, on three or more previous occasions, a federal
court has dismissed the prisoner’s action because it was frivolous or malicious or failed to state a
claim for which relief may be granted. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g) (1996); Edwards v. Gaul, 40 F.
App’x 970, 971 (6th Cir. 2002) (holding that district court properly dismissed without prejudice
a prisoner’s civil rights complaint barred by the “three strikes” provision).
Plaintiff has filed at least three prior civil rights complaints that have been dismissed by
federal courts for being frivolous, malicious, or for failing to state a claim upon which relief
could be granted. See Robinson v. Schuette, et al., Case No. 2:16-cv-13632 (E.D. Mich. Jan. 3,
2017); Robinson v. Field, et al., Case No. 2:16-cv-10207 (E.D. Mich. March 25, 2016);
Robinson v. Gutengerg, et al., Case No. 2:15-cv-10481 (E.D. Mich. Feb. 17, 2015).
A plaintiff may maintain a civil action despite having had three or more civil actions
dismissed as frivolous if the prisoner is “under imminent danger of serious physical injury.” 28
U.S.C. § 1915(g). To establish that his complaint falls within the statutory exception to the three
strikes rule, a prisoner must allege that he is under imminent danger at the time that he seeks to
file his complaint and proceed in forma pauperis. Vandiver v. Vasbinder, 416 F. App’x 561 (6th
Cir. 2011). Plaintiff fails to allege any facts to establish that the claimed violations place him in
imminent danger of physical injury. Mulazim v. Michigan Department of Corrections, 28 F.
App’x 470, 472 (6th Cir. 2002).
Accordingly, it is ORDERED that Plaintiff’s application for leave to proceed without
prepayment of the filing fee, ECF No. 3, is DENIED.
It is further ORDERED that the complaint, ECF No. 1, is DISMISSED pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 1915(g). This dismissal is without prejudice to Plaintiff filing a new complaint with
payment of the filing fee.
Dated: June 27, 2017
s/Thomas L. Ludington
THOMAS L. LUDINGTON
United States District Judge
PROOF OF SERVICE
The undersigned certifies that a copy of the foregoing order was served
upon each attorney or party of record herein by electronic means or first
class U.S. mail on June 27, 2017.
KELLY WINSLOW, Case Manager
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