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Schuett v. Governor, State of Hawaii

United States District Court, District of Hawaii

November 6, 2014


Clifford Schuett, Plaintiff, Pro se, Pahrump, NV.


Helen Gillmor, United States District Judge.

Before the court is Plaintiff's request to proceed in forma pauperis (" IFP") in this prisoner civil rights action. Doc. No. 5. Plaintiff is a federal prisoner incarcerated at the Nevada Southern Detention Center (" NSDC"), located in Pahrump, Nevada.[1] For the following reasons, Plaintiff's Complaint and action are DISMISSED without prejudice pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).


Plaintiff complains that the " Hawaii Dept of Justice, Attorney General's Office denied him employment in December 2013, " stating the State of Hawaii does [not] hire felons who are in wheelchairs to work." [2] Compl., Doc. No. 1, PageID #5. He says that he wrote Governor Neil Abercrombie regarding this alleged discrimination, but received no answer. He claims Defendants violated his rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

On October 1, 2014, this Court ordered Plaintiff to show cause on or before October 17, 2014, why his IFP application should not be denied and this action dismissed without prejudice pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). Plaintiff filed a response to the Order to Show Cause on October 30, 2014. See Doc. No. 8. Plaintiff's response ignores the Court's Order to Show Cause finding that he has three strikes under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). Instead, he complains that NSDC mail room staff are allegedly tampering with his mail, states that he is indigent, and seeks a court order compelling the prison to " allow Plaintiff to respond to the Court." Id. at PageID #38.


Since Plaintiff filed this action on August 18, 2014, he has commenced many others in the federal courts, casting doubt on his claim that NSDC staff are preventing him from timely responding to the Order to Show Cause or otherwise communicate with the courts. See, e.g., Civ. Nos. 2:2014-cv-00173 (D. Wyo. Aug. 25, 2014); 1:2014-cv-00905 (W.D. Mich. Aug. 25, 2014); 2:2014-cv-06794 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 29, 2014); 4:2014-cv-00338 (S.D. Iowa August 28, 2014); 2:2014-cv-02666 (W.D. Tenn August 27, 2014); 1:2014-cv-03101 (N.D. Ga, Sept. 25, 2014); 1:2014-cv-2409 (D. Colo. Aug., 28, 2014); 1:2014-cv-01431 (D. Nev. Aug. 27, 2014) (transferred from Tennessee Sept. 2, 2014) (Plaintiff filed seven motions between Sept. 16 and 30, 2014); 1:2014-cv-0110 (W.D. Mich. Oct. 24, 2014); 2:2014-cv-01645 (D. Nev. Oct. 7, 2014) (Plaintiff filed four motions between Oct. 16 and 28, 2014); 2:2014-cv-01663 (D. Nev. July 23, 2013) (Plaintiff filed three motions on Sept. 17, 2014). These filings show that Plaintiff had little difficulty filing cases and motions after he filed this case and during the time he alleges prison officials tampered with or prevented him from filing documents to the courts. Plaintiff's response is completely non-responsive and not credible in light of the record available to this Court. He was clearly able to dispute the three strikes noted, or argue that he was in imminent danger of serious physical injury due to Defendant's actions, when he commenced this suit. He did not.

If Plaintiff seeks to raise this mail interference claim in another action, he may do so in the District of Nevada, where defendants are located, the alleged events and omissions allegedly occurred, and where venue for such claims is proper. See 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b). The Court will not further address these claims in this action.

III. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g)

A prisoner may not bring a civil action or appeal a civil judgment in forma pauperis if he 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). " [D]istrict 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. The district court may dismiss sua sponte an action that is barred by § 1915(g), after notifying the prisoner of the strikes it considers to support such a dismissal, and affording the prisoner an opportunity to be heard before dismissal. See id . at 1120. After notice, the prisoner bears the ultimate burden of persuading the court that § 1915(g) does not apply. Id. (" once a prisoner has been placed on notice ...

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