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Phillips v. Reid

United States District Court, M.D. Louisiana

July 27, 2015

DONTRALE PHILLIPS #464769
v.
CLINTON REID

RULING ON MOTION RELIEF FROM ORDER

STEPHEN C. RIEDLINGER UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

Before the Court is the plaintiff’s Motion for Relief From a Order to Pay Full Filing Fee (R. Doc. 5), Plaintiff filed this motion pursuant to Rule 6(b), Fed.R.Civ.P. Plaintiff seeks reconsideration of the July 15, 2015 Order to Pay Full Filing Fee[1] which denied his Motion to Proceed in Forma Pauperis because he has three prior cases or appeals which were dismissed as frivolous or for failure to state a claim as provided in 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). Plaintiff asserts that one of his three prior dismissals, in Dontrale Demarko Phillips v. Rapides Parish, et al., Civil Action No. 13-1925-JTT-JDK (W.D.La.), should not be counted against him because the dismissal in that case was not based upon a finding of frivolousness but, instead, upon a determination that (1) his claim for release from confinement had to first be pursued in a habeas corpus proceeding, and (2) his claim for monetary damages was premature in light of the decision in Heck v. Humphrey, 312 U.S. 477 (1994). Plaintiff believes that the dismissal in that prior case does not count as a “strike” within the meaning of § 1915(g).

Plaintiff is mistaken. The referenced dismissal is a strike because the Court found that the relief requested was unavailable and, therefore, the plaintiff failed to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. See Eaton v. McGee, 113 Fed.Appx. 9 (5th Cir. 2004) (finding that the dismissal of a plaintiff’s claim based on Heck v. Humphrey amounted to a strike under § 1915(g)). See also Johnson v. McElveen, 101 F.3d 423 (5th Cir. 1997) (“[plaintiff] cannot state a claim so long as the validity of his conviction has not been called into question ...); Stephenson v. Reno, 28 F.3d 26 (5th Cir. 1994)(“a cause of action seeking damages under § 1983 for an unconstitutional conviction or sentence does not accrue until the conviction or sentence has been invalidated...”); Boyd v. Biggers, 31 F.3d 279, 284 (5th Cir. 1994) (“Dismissal of the § 1983 action under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(d) is appropriate, post-Heck, because the plaintiff's action has been shown to be legally frivolous”).

Accordingly, the plaintiff’s Motion for Relief From a Order is DENIED.

Plaintiff is reminded that failure to pay the full filing fee within 21 days of the date of Order to Pay Full Filling Fee may result in dismissal of his Complaint.


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