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Green v. Stewart

United States District Court, N.D. Texas, Dallas Division

May 6, 2019

LOWELL QUINCY GREEN, ID # 518622, Plaintiff,
v.
CARL E. STEWART, et al., Defendants.

         Referred to U.S. Magistrate Judge

          FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS, AND RECOMMENDATION

          IRMA CARRILLO RAMIREZ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         By Special Order No. 3-251, this pro se prisoner case has been automatically referred for judicial screening. Based on the relevant filings and applicable law, the case should be summarily DISMISSED as barred by the “three-strikes” rule of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g) unless the plaintiff timely pays the filing fee.

         I. BACKGROUND

         On December 27, 2018, Lowell Quincy Green (Plaintiff), an inmate in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, filed a complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against various defendants, including unnamed police officers who arrested him in 1986, and the prosecutor who filed charges against him based on the arrest. (See Green v. Dallas County, et. al, No. 3:18-CV-3403-B (N.D. Tex., doc. 2 at 3-4.)[1] He also sued Parkland Memorial Hospital for committing medical malpractice while treating him for a stabbing during the incident that led to his arrest by leaving items in his stomach, and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), which treated him in 1997 for the items left in his stomach by Parkland Memorial Hospital. (Id.)

         On December 28, 2018, it was recommended that the case be summarily dismissed as barred by the “three-strikes” rule of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g), unless Plaintiff timely paid the filing fee. (See id., doc. 3.) The recommendation was accepted, and the case was dismissed without prejudice as three-strikes-barred on January 18, 2019. (See id., docs. 4, 5.) Plaintiff subsequently challenged the judgment, his filing was construed as a motion under Fed.R.Civ.P. 60(b), and it was denied. (See id., docs. 7, 8, 11.)

         On April 30, 2019, Plaintiff filed a notice stating that he was filing suit against the Fifth Circuit and the Clerk of that Court for violations of his constitutional rights, and he named the United States, four judges, and the clerk and a deputy clerk of the Fifth Circuit as defendants. (See id., doc. 18 at 1-2.) Plaintiff's filing was construed as a new civil rights complaint raising new claims against new defendants, and it was opened as this new case. (See id., doc. 19.)

         II. THREE STRIKES

         As a prisoner seeking redress from an officer or employee of a governmental entity, his complaint is subject to preliminary screening under 28 U.S.C. § 1915A of the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). See Martin v. Scott, 156 F.3d 578, 579-80 (5th Cir. 1998) (per curiam). One of the major changes promulgated by the PLRA is the “three-strikes” provision in § 1915(g). It provides that inmates may not proceed without the prepayment of fees if they have previously brought three or more civil actions or appeals in federal court that were dismissed as frivolous, malicious, or for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, unless they are in imminent danger of serious physical injury. See Jackson v. Johnson, 475 F.3d 261, 265 (5th Cir. 2007).

         Plaintiff has had at least three prisoner civil actions dismissed as frivolous, malicious, or for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. See Green v. Texas Parole Board, No. 3:18-CV-2556-K-BK (N.D. Tex. Sept. 27, 2018) (listing seven prior non-habeas civil actions and appeals filed while he was an inmate), recommendation adopted (N.D. Tex. Oct. 15, 2018). Under § 1915(g), he may not proceed without the prepayment of fees unless he shows that he is subject to imminent danger of serious physical injury. Plaintiff has made no allegations suggesting that he is in imminent danger of serious physical injury. He must therefore prepay the filing fee before he may proceed with his case.

         III. RECOMMENDATION

         Plaintiffs claims should be summarily DISMISSED without prejudice under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g) unless he pays the full filing fee[2] prior to acceptance of this recommendation or before a deadline otherwise established by the Court.

         SO RECOMMENDED.

         INSTRUCTIONS FOR SERVICE AND NOTICE OF RIGHT ...


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