Bice v. Jordan
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Gary Dee Bice's motion for leave to proceed informa pauperis (Docket No. 2) is DENIED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Gary Dee Bice shall pay the statutory filing fee of $400.00 within twenty-one (21) days of the date of this Order. Failure to timely comply with this Order shall result in the dismissal of this action. ( Response to Court due by 6/9/2017.) Signed by District Judge John A. Ross on 5/19/2017. (JMC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
GARY DEE BICE,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court upon the motion of Gary Dee Bice, an inmate at the
Southeast Correctional Center, for leave to commence this civil action without prepayment of the
required filing fee. The motion will be denied.
28 U.S.C. § 1915(g) limits the ability of a prisoner, who has filed at least three claims
that have been dismissed as frivolous, malicious, or for failure to state a claim, to obtain informa
pauperis status, and specifically:
In no event shall a prisoner bring a civil action ... under this section if the prisoner
has, on three or more prior occasions, while incarcerated or detained in any
facility, brought an action ... 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
28 U.S.C. § 1915(g)(emphasis added). This provision has become commonly known as the
''three strikes" rule, and has withstood constitutional challenges. See lfiggins v. Carpenter, 258
F.3d 797, 799 (8th Cir. 2001),Medberryv. Butler, 185F.3d1189, 1192 (11th Cir. 1999).
Review of Court files reveals that Bice has had three or more dismissals that qualify as
strikes under the statute. See Bice v. Ester, No. 1:10-cv-93-SNLJ (E.D. Mo. Sept. 13, 2010);
Bice v. Commission or Directors of Cape Girardeau City Police Dept., No. 1: 11-cv-27-SNLJ
(E.D. Mo. Feb. 25, 2011); and Bice v. Eastest, 1:13-cv-181 SNLJ (E.D. Mo. Mar. 26, 2014).
Therefore, he may only proceed in forma pauperis in this action if he "is under imminent danger
of serious physical injury." 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
In the complaint, Bice' s claims for relief center around unauthorized use of his bank card.
Nothing in the complaint permits the conclusion that Bice is under imminent danger of serious
physical injury. He must therefore pay the $400.00 filing fee.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Gary Dee Bice's motion for leave to proceed informa
pauperis (Docket No. 2) is DENIED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Gary Dee Bice shall pay the statutory filing fee of
$400.00 within twenty-one (21) days of the date of this Order.
Failure to timely comply with this Order shall result in the dismissal of this action.
Dated this 19th day of May, 2017.
D STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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