Clay v. Monk et al
ORDER OF DISMISSAL. Plaintiff's civil action is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE pursuant to section 1915(g) and pursuant to the Court's preclusion order of August 20, 2014. Plaintiff's Motion for Writ of Habeas Corpus ad Testificandum 5 , Motion in Demand for Jury Trial 7 , and Motion to Proceed in Forma Pauperis 7 are DENIED. Any and all other pending motions are DENIED AS MOOT. Plaintiff may move to reinstate this lawsuit upon payment of both the $400.00 filing fee for this case and the $400.00 fee ordered in Zeon within 28 days from date of this order. Proof of payments must be submitted to this Court with the motion to reinstate. The Clerk shall send a copy of this Order to the parties.(Signed by Judge Melinda Harmon) Parties notified.(rhawkins)
United States District Court
Southern District of Texas
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
THOMAS H CLAY,
ELDON L MONK, et al,
April 07, 2017
David J. Bradley, Clerk
CIVIL ACTION NO. H-17-748
ORDER OF DISMISSAL
Plaintiff Thomas H. Clay (“Plaintiff”), a state inmate proceeding pro se and seeking leave
to proceed in forma pauperis, filed this case, again asserting that certain employees of the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice and the University of Texas Medical Branch have intentionally
denied him medical care in connection with an ulcer on his foot. See Docket Entry No. 1.
Plaintiff is a “three strikes” inmate who has filed dozens of frivolous cases in this district and has
been barred from proceeding in forma pauperis under section 1915(g) and by a preclusion order.
See Clay v. Zeon, Civ. A. No. H-14-0057 (S.D. Tex. Aug. 20, 2014), at Docket Entry No. 34 at
13; see also Clay v. Correctional Managed Health Care/UTMB, No. G-05-569 (S.D. Tex. 2005)
(citing Plaintiff’s frivolous cases and dismissing case as barred by section 1915(g)).
Plaintiff acknowledges that he is subject to a preclusion order and that he is barred from
filing suit pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g), but nonetheless argues that he is under imminent
danger of serious physical injury or death due to “medical mistreatment.” See Docket Entry No.
1 at 1. Plaintiff has made substantially similar claims to the claims he raised in Clay v. Zeon,
Civ. A. No. H-14-0057 (S.D. Tex. 2014), wherein he recently sought reconsideration of the
Court’s denial of his motion to proceed in forma pauperis based on “newly discovered evidence”
concerning the uninfected ulcer on his foot. See id. at Docket Entry No. 57 at 3.
For the reasons set forth in Zeon, Plaintiff has not established that he is in imminent
danger of serious physical injury such that he may overcome the preclusion order or the section
1915(g) bar. See id. at Docket Entry Nos. 34, 52, 58, 61, & 64; Banos v. O’Guinn, 144 F.3d 883,
885 (5th Cir. 1998) (holding that inmate’s allegations that he was subjected to sexual harassment
and excessive force did not establish that he was in imminent danger of serious bodily injury);
see also Sims v. Kent, 263 F.3d 164, 2001 WL 803864 (5th Cir. June 15, 2001) (holding that an
inmate’s allegations that he was denied a hernia operation, given inappropriate medication for a
skin condition, and housed on a unit where pepper spray is sometimes used, which exacerbates
his hernia, do not establish imminent danger in order to overcome the section 1915(g) bar);
Edmond v. Texas Dep’t of Corrections, No. 97-10819, 97-11170, 97-11202, 1998 WL 723877
(5th Cir. Oct. 7, 1998) (unpublished) (allegations about the quality of medical care causing him
to suffer seizures and a nervous attack found insufficient to overcome the § 1915(g) bar);
Humphrey v. Lopez, No. 5:04-cv-94, 2004 WL 980512, at * 2 (N.D. Tex. May 6, 2004)
(allegations of delay in medical care due to racial discrimination fails to establish imminent
danger of serious physical injury); Ford v. Foti, No. 01-1970, 2001 WL 845461, at *2 (E.D. La.
July 25, 2001) (allegations of missed appointment for circumcision and prison doctors’ failure to
treat him progressively for Hepatitis C failed to allege physical danger sufficient to satisfy the
exception in § 1915(g)); Gallagher v. McGinnis, No. 00-1468, 2000 WL 739285, at *1 (E.D. La.
June 5, 2000) (allegations of inadequate medical care for excruciating pain and ambulatory
difficulties exacerbated by prisoner’s work assignments and the prison officials’ indifference to
his medical needs failed to establish imminent danger of serious physical injury under section
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s allegations of medical mistreatment, which have been
previously examined and rejected by the court, do not overcome the section 1915(g) bar.
Based on the foregoing, the Court ORDERS as follows:
Plaintiff’s civil action is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE pursuant to
section 1915(g) and pursuant to the Court’s preclusion order of August 20, 2014.
Plaintiff’s Motion for Writ of Habeas Corpus ad Testificandum (Docket Entry No.
5), Motion in Demand for Jury Trial (Docket Entry No. 7), and Motion to Proceed
in Forma Pauperis (Docket Entry No. 7) are DENIED.
Any and all other pending motions are DENIED AS MOOT.
Plaintiff may move to reinstate this lawsuit upon payment of both the $400.00
filing fee for this case and the $400.00 fee ordered in Zeon within twenty-eight
days from date of this order. Proof of payments must be submitted to this Court
with the motion to reinstate.
The Clerk shall send a copy of this Order to the parties.
SIGNED at Houston, Texas, this 6th day of April, 2017.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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