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Piskanin v. Commonwealth, Department of Corrections

United States District Court, M.D. Pennsylvania

June 7, 2017

MICHAEL JOHN PISKANIN, JR., Plaintiff
v.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, JOHN WETZEL, TAMMY FERGUSON, GERRY CASNER, JAMES B. MARTIN, MARIA GORBA, RONALD PERELMAN, PENNSYLVANIA BOARD OF PROBATION AND PAROLE AND SECRETARY, HONORABLE KELLY L. BANACH, HEATHER GALLAGHER, Defendants

          ORDER

          Christopher C. Conner, Chief Judge.

         AND NOW this 7th day of June 2017 upon preliminary consideration of plaintiffs civil rights action pursuant to 42 USC §§ 1983 1984 1985 1986 and 1988 (Doc 1)[1] in which he seeks to proceed in forma pauperis (Docs 2 4) see 28 USC § 1915 and the court finding that the “three strikes” provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1996 (“PLRA”) codified at 28 USC § 1915(g) prohibits him from proceeding in forma pauperis because he has had three prior actions or appeals dismissed as frivolous malicious or for failing to state a viable claim[2] and it being evident that there is no indication that plaintiff “is under imminent danger of serious physical injury ”[3] 28 USC § 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”); see also 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 not sufficient to trigger the exception to section 1915(g)) it is hereby ORDERED that:

1. Plaintiffs motion (Doc 4) for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed on May 22 2017 is DENIED
2. Plaintiffs motion (Doc 2) for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed on May 10 2017 is DISMISSED as an improper form
3 Plaintiffs complaint (Doc 1) is DISMISSED without prejudice pursuant to 28 USC § 1915(g)
4. The Clerk of Court is 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).

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Notes:

[1] Plaintiff is a state inmate presently incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Benner Township Bellefonte Pennsylvania.

[2] The following recitation was set forth in a report and recommendation of former United States Magistrate Judge Malachy E Mannion now United States District Court Judge and adopted by the undersigned in Piskanin v FBI No 1:12-0909 2012 WL 4050181 *1 (MD Pa Aug 8 2012):

Plaintiff has filed three or more actions in federal court which have been dismissed as frivolous malicious or for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted Specifically in Piskanin v Banach et al 2008 WL 5246165 (ED Pa 2008) plaintiffs amended complaint was dismissed for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted pursuant to 28 USC § 1915(e)(2)(B)(iii) Plaintiff then appealed this ruling to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Piskanin v Hamer 269 Fed.Appx 159 (3d Cir 2008) The Third Circuit affirmed the district court's ruling and dismissed the appeal as frivolous Id. at 162 Plaintiff then filed another action alleging that he was “former operative” for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that he was entitled to FBI “protection” from numerous public officials who allegedly have engaged in retaliatory acts including his criminal prosecution Piskanin v John Doe 2009 WL 1684651 (ED Pa 2009) The district court dismissed this action as frivolous Id. On appeal the Third Circuit affirmed the district court opinion that the action should be dismissed as frivolous Piskanin v John Doe 349 Fed.Appx 689 (3d Cir 2009) Plaintiff then filed a third complaint which the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania dismissed pursuant to the three strikes rule or 28 USC § 1915(g) Piskanin v PA Department of Corrections et al 2010 WL 3834845 (WD Pa 2010) Finally plaintiff filed a fourth complaint which was dismissed by the District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania for failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted Piskanin v Commonwealth of Pennsylvania et al 2010 WL 4362458 (MD Pa 2010).

[3] Plaintiff who identifies himself as a “Federal Law Enforcement Operative Contractor Employee” (“FLEOCE”) alleges that defendants Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and the Bureau of Probation and Parole are the “Murder Inc” arm of organized crime and are responsible for at least five (5) murders related to plaintiffs case and have attempted to murder plaintiff (Doc 1 ¶¶ 2 4) Plaintiff alleges that defendants are interfering with his right to practice religion and upon his death defendants will not contact a priest to administer last rites and will not honor his funeral and burial requests (Id. at ¶¶ 26-32) He alleges that defendants have subjected him to cruel and unusual prison conditions including a cell that is too small that he is being denied proper medical care and that defendants are interfering with his right to access the courts by failing to provide adequate legal supplies (Id. ...


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