Craft v. Byrd et al
OPINION AND ORDER by District Judge Ronald A. White : Denying 7 plaintiff's Motion to Reconsider his motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. Plaintiff's Filing Fee due by 5/12/2021 in the amount of $402.00. Failure to comply with this Order will result in dismissal of this action without further notice. (acg, Deputy Clerk)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
EASTERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA
LOUIS D. CRAFT, JR.,
RAYMOND BYRD, et al.,
OPINION AND ORDER
On January 7, 2021, Plaintiff was denied leave to proceed in forma pauperis, because
he had accumulated at least three prior civil rights dismissals that qualified as “prior
occasions” or “strikes” under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g) (Dkt. 4). Plaintiff subsequently filed a
“supplement” to his ifp motion (Dkt. 7), which the Court construed as a motion for the Court
to reconsider the denial of his ifp motion (Dkt. 9).
Plaintiff apparently is arguing because Craft v. Olden, No. CIV 10-375-RAW-SPS
(E.D. Okla. Mar. 21, 2012), aff’d, No. 13-7031 (10th Cir. May 15, 2014), was dismissed
without prejudice, it should not have been considered a “strike” under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
He also claims his proposed amended complaint (Dkt. 8-1), filed on the same day as the
motion to reconsider, presents more accurate details concerning his imminent danger of
serious physical harm.
As set forth in the Court’s Order denying in forma pauperis status, Plaintiff has the
following three strikes under section 1915(g):
In Craft v. Olden, No. CIV 10-375-RAW-SPS (E.D. Okla. Mar. 21, 2012),
aff’d, No. 13-7031 (10th Cir. May 15, 2014), this Court dismissed without prejudice
Plaintiff’s civil rights claims regarding alleged racial remarks, threats and retaliation for
failure to exhaust administrative remedies. His claims regarding his misconduct proceedings
were dismissed without prejudice for failure to state a claim.
In Craft v. Middleton, No. CIV-11-925-R (W.D. Okla. Sept. 6, 2012), aff’d,
No. 12-6245 (10th Cir. Apr. 12, 2013), Plaintiff’s complaint against Defendant Middleton
was dismissed for failure to state a valid claim for relief (Dkt. 51).
In Craft v. Null, No. CIV-12-1052-R (W.D. Okla. Mar. 13, 2013), aff’d, No.
13-6089 (10th Cir. Oct. 23. 2013), Plaintiff’s civil rights claims were dismissed in part for
failure to state a claim on which relief can be granted (Dkt. 45).
The Supreme Court has held that “a dismissal without prejudice counts as a strike, so
long as the dismissal is made because the action is frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a
claim.” Day v. Maynard, 200 F.3d 665, 667 (10th Cir. 1999). In addition, a mixed
disposition can constitute a strike when “the plaintiff’s claims are dismissed in part for failure
to state a claim and in part for failure to exhaust administrative remedies, and no claims are
allowed to proceed on the merits.” Thomas v. Parker, 672 F.3d 1182, 1184 (10th Cir. 2012).
Further, “[i]t is irrelevant under § 1915(g) whether the district court affirmatively stated in
the order of dismissal that it was assessing a strike.” Smith v. Veterans Admin., 636 F.3d
1306, 1313 (10th Cir.), cert. denied, 565 U.S. 934 (2011). Therefore, Plaintiff has
accumulated at least three “prior occasions” or “strikes” under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
With respect to Plaintiff’s claim that he is in imminent danger of serious physical
injury pursuant section 1915(g), he again alleges that on April 26, 2016, while incarcerated
at Cimarron Correctional Facility, he was injected with bacteria. The injection allegedly
caused him to develop painful canker sores in his mouth from his food or when prison
officials inject anaerobic bacteria into his food.
There is only one exception to the prepayment requirement in § 1915(g),
Kinnell v. Graves, 265 F.3d 1125, 1127-28 (10th Cir. 2001), and it applies to
a prisoner who “is under imminent danger of serious physical injury[,]” §
1915(g). To meet that exception, [Plaintiff] was required to make “specific,
credible allegations of imminent danger of serious physical harm[.]” Id.
(quotations omitted). . . . [T]he statute’s use of the present tense shows that a
prisoner must have alleged an imminent danger at the time he filed his
Hafed v. Fed. Bureau of Prisons, 635 F.3d 1172, 1179 (10th Cir. 2011) (abrogated on other
grounds). After careful review, the Court finds Plaintiff has failed to meet this standard.
Plaintiff’s motion to reconsider denial of his motion for leave to proceed in
forma pauperis (Dkt. 7) is DENIED.
Plaintiff is directed to forward $402.00 for the filing and administrative fees
to the Court Clerk within twenty (20) days.
The agency having custody of Plaintiff is ordered to release funds from
Plaintiff’s accounts, including Plaintiff’s trust account, for payment of the fees.
Failure to comply with this Order will result in dismissal of this action without
IT IS SO ORDERED this 28th day of April 2021.
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