Bagby v. Thaler et al
Opinion and Order. Plaintiff's Motion to proceed in forma pauperis (Related doc # 2 ) is denied. Action is dismissed under 28 U.S.C. §§1915(g) and 1406(a). The Court certifies, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an appeal from this decision could not be taken in good faith. Judge Christopher A. Boyko on 3/25/2015. (H,CM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
CEDRIC WAYNE BAGBY,
RICK THALER, SR., et al.,
CASE NO. 1:15 CV 513
JUDGE CHRISTOPHER A. BOYKO
OPINION AND ORDER
CHRISTOPHER A. BOYKO, J.:
Pro se Plaintiff Cedric Wayne Bagby is a Texas state prisoner incarcerated in the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice’s William P. Clements Unit in Amarillo, Texas. He has filed this civil
rights action against various officials associated with the prison. (Doc. No. 1.) The Plaintiff has filed
an application to proceed in forma pauperis. (Doc. No. 2.) For the reasons stated below, the motion
to proceed in forma pauperis is denied and this action is dismissed.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1915(g), a prisoner is prohibited from bringing a civil action or
appealing a judgment in a civil action in forma pauperis “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 claim
upon which relief may be granted, unless the prisoner is under imminent danger of serious physical
injury.” The Plaintiff’s allegations do not reasonably suggest he is in imminent danger of serious
physical injury. In addition, the Plaintiff has, on no less than five prior occasions while he was
incarcerated, filed a civil action in a court of the United States that was dismissed as frivolous.
Specifically, this Court takes judicial notice of the decision in Bagby v. Staples, No.5:13 CV 1092,
2014 WL 7005587 (W.D. Texas Dec. 10, 2014). The District Court dismissed as frivolous a prior civil
rights action brought by the Plaintiff under 42 U.S.C. §1983 and cited four other prior civil actions the
Plaintiff filed in United States courts that were also dismissed as frivolous. See id. at *1, citing Bagby
v. Thaler, 1:12 CV 2001 (District of Columbia); Bagby v. President of Bank of America, 1:13 CV
225 (District of Columbia); Bagby v. Thaler, 2:13 CV 12 (N.D. Tex.-Amarillo Division); and Bagby
v. Fathi, 4:13 CV 598 (S.D. Tex.-Houston Division). In light of the five prior frivolousness dismissals,
the Plaintiff is foreclosed from proceeding in forma pauperis here.
In addition, the federal venue statute provides:
A civil action may be brought in-(1) a judicial district in which any defendant resides, if all defendants are residents of
the State in which the district is located;
(2) a judicial district in which a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise
to the claim occurred, or a substantial part of property that is the subject of the action
is situated; or
(3) if there is no district in which an action may otherwise be brought as provided in
this section, any judicial district in which any defendant is subject to the court's personal
jurisdiction with respect to such action.
28 U.S.C. §1391(b).
It is evident from the face of the Plaintiff’s Complaint that all of the parties and events and
omissions giving rise to the Plaintiff’s claims in this case are located or occurred within the geographic
boundaries of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. No events or
omissions occurred, and no Defendant resides, in this Judicial District. Accordingly, venue is improper
in this Judicial District under 28 U.S.C. §1391(b). Title 28 U.S.C. §1406(a) states that a district court
“shall dismiss” an improperly-venued action “or if it be in the interest of justice, transfer [it] to any
district or division in which it could have been brought.” In light of the Plaintiff’s history of filing
frivolous civil actions, this Court does not find it “in the interest of justice” to transfer this improperlyvenued to another district court. Accordingly, the action must be dismissed for improper venue.
For all of the foregoing reasons, this action is dismissed under 28 U.S.C. §§1915(g) and
1406(a). The Court further certifies, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an appeal from this
decision could not be taken in good faith.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ Christopher A. Boyko
CHRISTOPHER A. BOYKO
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
DATED: March 25, 2015
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