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Chandler v. Federal Bureau of Prisons

United States District Court, Third Circuit

November 7, 2013

JOHNNY RAY CHANDLER, Plaintiff,
v.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS, et al., Defendants.

ORDER

CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER, Chief District Judge.

AND NOW, this 7th day of November, 2013, upon consideration of the motion (Doc. 38) to reassess and revoke plaintiff's in forma pauperis status pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g)[1] because plaintiff has had at least three civil actions dismissed as frivolous, malicious or for failure to state a claim, see Chandler v. Hammon, D.D.C. Civ. No. 95-cv-01425 (ordere entered 8/2/95); Chandler v. Barry, D.D.C. Civ. No. 95-cv-01169 (order entered 6/2/95); Chandler v. Moore, D.D.C. Civ. No. 94-cv-01340 (order entered 12/21/94), and of plaintiff's allegation that, at the time he filed the complaint, he was in "imminent danger" of physical harm from inmate Hill, who allegedly assaulted him, and further upon consideration of the holding of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that when a plaintiff's claim of the "imminent danger" exception to Section 1915(g) is challenged, a determination must be made regarding the credibility of plaintiff's imminent danger claim, Gibbs v. Roman , 116 F.3d 83, 86 (3d Cir. 1997) (overruled on other grounds), and that, in doing so, the district court may rely upon evidence supplied by sworn affidavits or depositions or, alternatively, may hold a hearing, id. at 86-87, and noting that, to this end, the defendants have submitted the declaration of J. Benfer, Special Investigative Services Lieutenant at the United States Penitentiary at Lewisburg, indicating that as of August 8, 2011, plaintiff and Hill were given an assignment of separation in the Federal Bureau of Prisons ("BOP") Central Inmate Monitoring System, [2] and, according to the housing assignment histories of plaintiff and inmate Hill, they were both housed on D Block on September 8, 2011 (when plaintiff signed his complaint), but when he filed the complaint on October 12, 2011, plaintiff was housed on D Block and inmate Hill was housed on C Block, (see Doc. 39-1 at 6, 15), clearly demonstrating that plaintiff was not in imminent harm at the time he filed the complaint, [3] see Abdul-Akbar v. McKelvie, 239 F.3d 307, 312, 314 (3d Cir. 2001) ( en banc ) (interpreting "is under imminent danger" to relate to the time when "a prisoner bring[s] a civil action"); also Lewis v. Sullivan , 279 F.3d 526, 531 (7th Cir. 2002) (finding that "imminent danger" exception is available "for genuine emergencies, " where "time is pressing" and "a threat... is real and proximate"), it is hereby ORDERED that:

1. The motion (Doc. 38) to reassess and remove plaintiff's in forma pauperis status is GRANTED.
2. Plaintiff's in forma pauperis status is REVOKED and the complaint is dismissed without prejudice pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1915(g).
3. The Administrative Order (Doc. 27) is VACATED. The Clerk of Court is directed to NOTIFY the Superintendent/Warden at plaintiff's current place of incarceration forthwith.
4. Plaintiff's motion (Doc. 57) for default is DENIED.
5. The Clerk of Court is directed to CLOSE this case.

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