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McCain v. Veritext National Court Reporting Co.

United States District Court, E.D. Pennsylvania

February 20, 2014

AMIR HAKIM McCAIN A/K/A JOHN McCAIN
v.
VERITEXT NATIONAL COURT REPORTING COMPANY, et al.

MEMORANDUM

EDUARDO C. ROBRENO, District Judge.

Plaintiff, a prisoner, is seeking to bring a civil action without prepayment of fees. He is alleging that he is being denied access to the courts because faulty audiotape equipment was used at a deposition that was held at SCI Graterford on February 10, 2012. In his prayer for relief, plaintiff is requesting money damages.

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ยง 1915(g), a prisoner who on three or more prior occasions while incarcerated has filed an action in a federal court that was dismissed as frivolous, malicious, or for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, must be denied in forma pauperis status unless he was in imminent danger of serious physical injury at the time that the complaint was filed. Abdul-Akbar v. McKelvie , 239 F.3d 307 (3d Cir.), cert. denied, 533 U.S. 953 (2001).

Plaintiff has, prior to the instant action, filed four civil actions in this Court and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals which were dismissed as frivolous.[1]

Plaintiff alleges that he is in imminent danger of serious physical injury because a woman hired another inmate to stab him at SCI Fayette in January of 2013. He is also alleging that he was present when a correctional officer at SCI Fayette hired an inmate to stab another inmate. Finally, he is alleging that another inmate attempted to stab him at SCI Fayette on February 2, 2014, to prevent him from testifying against correctional officers at SCI Fayette. However, plaintiff is currently incarcerated at SCI Forest. Furthermore, these claims of imminent danger are not related to the claims in plaintiff's complaint. See Pettus v. Morgenthau , 554 F.3d 293, 297 (2d Cir. 2009) (" [T] here must be a nexus between the imminent danger a three-strikes prisoner alleges to obtain IFP status and the legal claims asserted in his complaint."). Therefore, he has failed to establish that he was in imminent danger of serious physical injury at the time that this complaint was filed. Accordingly, plaintiff's motion to proceed in forma pauperis will be denied. An appropriate order follows.


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