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Beasley v. Lutes

United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte Division

May 12, 2015

MARION BEASLEY, JR., Plaintiff,
v.
FNU LUTES, et al., Defendants.

ORDER

Frank D. Whitney Chief United States District Judge

THIS MATTER is before the Court on initial review of Plaintiff’s Complaint, filed under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, (Doc. No. 1). See 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915A and 1915(e).

I. BACKGROUND

Pro se Plaintiff Marion Beasley is a North Carolina prisoner incarcerated at Lanesboro Correctional Institution in Polkton, North Carolina. Plaintiff filed this action on February 11, 2015, naming the following individuals as Defendants: FNU Lutes, identified as the President of Union Hospital in Monroe, North Carolina; (2) FNU Lilly, identified as the President of Charlotte Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina; and (3) FNU Lee, identified as a surgeon at Carolinas Center for Oral and Facial Surgery in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Doc. No. 1 at 3). Plaintiff alleges that on August 3, 2014, he suffered a fractured left eye socket and brain tumor.[1] (Id. at 4). Plaintiff alleges that on that same day, Defendant Lutes and his “medical team” refused to perform surgery on Plaintiff and transported him to Charlotte Medical Center. (Id.). Plaintiff alleges that, at Charlotte Medical Center, Defendant Lilly’s “medical team” diagnosed Plaintiff with severe head trauma. (Id.). Plaintiff alleges that he was released from Charlotte Medical Center on August 4, 2014, and Defendant Lilly refused to send Plaintiff to a specialist. (Id.). Plaintiff alleges that he had a scheduled appointment on August 15, 2014, at Carolinas Center for Oral and Facial Surgery for severe head trauma, but that Defendant Lee refused to treat Plaintiff or to perform surgery on him. (Id.). Plaintiff alleges that on December 14, 2014, he had an appointment with Dr. George Blakeney at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital. Plaintiff alleges that Dr. Blakeney told Plaintiff that “had the Plaintiff made it to [Blakeney] in time [Blakeney] would have did [sic] surgery to stop Plaintiff suffering.” (Id. at 5). Plaintiff contends that Defendants were deliberately indifferent to Plaintiff’s serious medical needs because they refused to treat Plaintiff for his injuries and because they should have transported Plaintiff to Dr. Blakeney for oral surgery. (Id.). Plaintiff alleges that he still suffers from pain as a result of Defendants’ “medical malpractice and deliberate indifference, ” and he seeks $60 million in damages from Defendants. (Id. at 4).

II. DISCUSSION

The provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915 are mandatory and define the degree and scope of this Court’s initial review of Plaintiff’s Complaint. See Crawford-El v. Britton, 523 U.S. 574, 596 (1998) (discussing the Prison Litigation Reform Act (“PLRA”)). Section 1915(g) of the PLRA provides:

In no event shall a prisoner bring a civil action or appeal a judgment in a civil action or proceeding under this section 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).

Plaintiff’s complaint will be dismissed because he has filed three pro se § 1983 complaints, Plaintiff was allowed to proceed in forma pauperis, and each of the three complaints was dismissed as being frivolous, malicious or for failure to state a claim under the provisions of the PLRA.[2] See Beasley, Jr. v. R. Michael Bruce, et al., No. 1:08CV174-NCT-RAE (M.D. N.C. Apr. 17, 2008); Beasley, Jr. v. Bryant et al., No. 1:08CV172-NCT-RAE (M.D. N.C. May 13, 2008); Beasley, Jr. v. Justice I. Beverly Lake, Jr., et al., No. 1:08CV169-NCT-RAE (M.D. N.C. May 14, 2008). Plaintiff is, therefore, subject to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g)’s bar to filing civil actions in forma pauperis unless he can show that he is under imminent danger of serious physical injury. Plaintiff fails to demonstrate in his Complaint in this action that he is under imminent danger of serious physical injury as required by § 1915(g).[3] Therefore, this action will be dismissed without prejudice because Plaintiff has not paid the full filing fee.[4]

III. CONCLUSION

For the reasons stated herein, the Court will dismiss this action without prejudice to Plaintiff to refile after paying the full filing fee.

IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that:

1. For the reasons stated herein, the Court finds that Plaintiff has failed to show that he is under imminent risk of serious physical injury and he must therefore pay the full filing fee before he may present this § 1983 complaint in federal court. This action is, therefore, dismissed without prejudice.

2. Plaintiff s Motion to Appoint Counsel, (Doc. No. 8), is DENIED as moot.

3. The Clerk is respectfully instructed to terminate this action.


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