United States District Court, M.D. Pennsylvania
October 23, 2014
JOHNNY RAY CHANDLER, Plaintiff,
MR. KEVIN PIGOS, M.D., MR. RICE, Defendants.
CHIRSTOPHER C. CONNER, Chief District Judge.
AND NOW, this 23rd day of October, 2014, upon consideration of plaintiff's recently filed Bivens action (Doc. 1), in which he seeks to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. 7), and the court finding that the "three strikes" provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1996 ("PLRA"), codified at 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g), prohibits him from proceeding in forma pauperis as he has had three prior actions or appeals dismissed as frivolous, malicious, or for failing to state a viable claim, see Ibrahim v. District of Columbia , 208 F.3d 1032 (D.C.Cir. 2000), and it being evident that plaintiff's allegations do not indicate that he "is under imminent serious physical injury, " 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g) (setting forth the three strikes rule which provides that an inmate who has three prior actions or appeals dismissed as frivolous, malicious, or for failing to state a viable claim may not proceed in forma pauperis "unless the prisoner is under imminent danger of serious physical injury"), or that a threat of danger is real and proximate, Abdul-Akbar v. McKelvie, 239 F.3d 307, 312 (3d Cir. 2001) ( en banc ) (finding that the plaintiff must allege facts showing that he was in imminent danger at the time the complaint was filed and that allegations that he faced imminent danger in the past are insufficient to trigger the exception to section 1915(g)); Lewis v. Sullivan , 279 F.3d 526, 531 (7th Cir. 2002) (concluding that the "imminent danger" exception is available "for genuine emergencies, " where "time is pressing" and "a threat... is real and proximate"), and, therefore, his claim fails to meet the imminent danger exception to section 1915(g), it is hereby ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiff's request to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. 7) is DENIED.
2. Plaintiff's complaint (Doc. 1) is DISMISSED without prejudice pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
3. The Clerk of Court is directed to VACATE the administrative order (Doc. 9) and NOTIFY the warden at the United States Penitentiary at Lewisburg.
4. The Clerk of Court is further directed to CLOSE this case.
5. Any appeal from this order is DEEMED frivolous and not in good faith. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).