IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF HAWAII
April 29, 2013
PETER R. TIA, #A1013142,
VICTORY OHANA DOES, LYLE
ANTONIO, FLOORBOY DOE, WARDEN NOLAN ESPINDA, ERIC TANAKA, GENE POMEROY, DOVIE BORGES, WES MUN, SGT KAISER, MICHAEL GRIBBIN, RAY FONOTI, TED SAKAI, CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU, DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Helen Gillmor United States District Judge
ORDER DENYING IN FORMA PAUPERIS APPLICATION AND DISMISSING ACTION PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g)
Before the court is pro se Plaintiff Peter R. Tia's prisoner civil rights Complaint and in forma pauperis ("IFP") application. Plaintiff complains that Defendants, Hawaii state officials and private citizens, denied and conspired to deny him adequate nutrition on April 17, 2013. Plaintiff's in forma pauperis application is DENIED and this action is DISMISSED without prejudice pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
I. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g)
A prisoner may not bring a civil action or appeal a civil judgment in forma pauperis if: the prisoner has, on 3 or more prior occasions, while incarcerated or detained in any facility, brought an action or appeal in a court of the United States that was dismissed on the grounds that it is frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, unless the prisoner is under imminent danger of serious physical injury.
28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). "[Section] 1915(g) should be used to deny a prisoner's IFP status only when, after careful evaluation of the order dismissing an action, and other relevant information, the district court determines that the action was dismissed because it was frivolous, malicious or failed to state a claim." Andrews v. King, 398 F.3d 1113, 1121 (9th Cir. 2005). "In some instances, the district court docket records may be sufficient to show that a prior dismissal satisfies at least one of the criteria under § 1915(g) and therefore counts as a strike." Id. at 1120.
A court "'may take notice of proceedings in other courts, both within and without the federal judicial system, if those proceedings have a direct relation to matters at issue.'" Bias v. Moynihan, 508 F.3d 1212, 1225 (9th Cir. 2007) (quoting Bennett v. Medtronic, Inc., 285 F.3d 801, 803 n.2 (9th Cir. 2002)). The court takes judicial notice that Plaintiff has had three cases dismissed in this court that qualify as "strikes" under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). They are:
(1) Tia v. Fujita, Civ. No. 08-00575 HG (D. Haw. Jan. 27, 2009) (dismissed 2 for failure to state a claim);
(2) Tia v. Criminal Investigation Demanded, Civ. No. 10-00383 SOM (D. Haw. Aug. 5, 2010) (dismissed as frivolous and for failure to state a claim); and
(3) Tia v. Criminal Investigation, Civ. No. 10-00441 DAE (D. Haw. July 30, 2010) (dismissed as frivolous and for failure to state a claim).*fn1
See PACER Case Locator http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov (last visited April 23, 2013). Plaintiff may not bring a civil action without complete prepayment of the $350.00 filing fee unless he is in imminent danger of serious physical injury.
28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
II. NO IMMINENT DANGER
"[T]he availability of the [imminent danger] exception turns on the conditions a prisoner faced at the time the complaint was filed, not some earlier or later time." Andrews v. Cervantes, 493 F.3d 1047, 1053 (9th Cir. 2007). "[T]he exception applies if the complaint makes a plausible allegation that the prisoner faced 'imminent danger of serious physical injury' at the time of filing." Id. at 1055. Claims concerning "imminent danger of serious physical injury" cannot be triggered solely by complaints of past abuse. See Ashley v. Dilworth, 147 F.3d 715, 717 (8th Cir. 1998); Luedtke v. Bertrand, 32 F. Supp. 2d 1074, 1077 (E.D. Wis. 1999).
Plaintiff alleges that, on April 17, 2013, an inmate served him a dinner tray with a soggy dinner roll, that was missing dessert. Plaintiff alleges other inmates received dessert on this date. Plaintiff claims the other Defendants conspired to deny him adequate nutrition. Plaintiff further alleges denial of access to the courts. Plaintiff's claims do not suggest that he was in imminent danger of serious physical injury when he filed this action and he may not proceed without prepayment of the civil filing fee. Plaintiff's claims also fail to state a claim.
Further, Plaintiff's in forma pauperis application is insufficient, because it does not reflect the balance in his account for the previous six months. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). Plaintiff's account balance reflects that it is current as of February 28, 2013, almost two months before he filed this action.
Plaintiff's in forma pauperis application is DENIED and his Complaint and action are DISMISSED without prejudice. If Plaintiff wishes to reassert these claims, he may do so by concurrently submitting the entire $350.00 filing fee when he files the action. Any pending motions are terminated. The Clerk of Court shall close the case.
IT IS SO ORDERED.