No. 08-51126 Summary Calendar.United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.
December 14, 2009.
Herbey Garcia Armendariz, El Reno, OK, pro se.
Dimitri Narciso Rocha, U.S. Attorney’s Office, San Antonio, TX, Marvin C. Moos, Ebanks Taylor Home L.L.P., Houston, TX, Max Edwin Wright, Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor Martin, L.L.P., Midland, TX, for Defendants-Appellees.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, USDC No. 7:08-CV-44.
Before HIGGINBOTHAM, CLEMENT, and SOUTHWICK, Circuit Judges.
TX Herbey Garcia Armendariz, federal prisoner # 79366-180, moves this court to proceed in forma pauperis (IFP) in this appeal from the district court’s dismissal of his Section complaint for failure to exhaust administrative remedies. The district
court denied his request to proceed IFP on appeal, certifying that the appeal was not taken in good faith. Armendariz’s IFP motion in this court is a challenge to that certification. See Baugh v. Taylor, 117 F.3d 197, 202
(5th Cir. 1997).
The Prison Litigation Reform Act requires a prisoner to exhaust his administrative remedies before he may file a Section 1983 suit against prison officials. 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(a). Armendariz argues that the district court erred in finding that he failed to exhaust. To the extent that Armendariz has alleged new facts for the first time on appeal, those facts are not cognizable. See Theriot v. Parish of Jefferson, 185 F.3d 477, 491 n. 26 (5th Cir. 1999). Otherwise, Armendariz repeats his conclusory allegations raised in district court that the defendants prevented him from exhausting. The district court found that those allegations were refuted by the defendants’ evidence. Armendariz’s allegations are insufficient to excuse him from the exhaustion requirement. See Holloway v. Gunnell, 685 F.2d 150, 154 (5th Cir. 1982). The record therefore supports the district court’s conclusion that Armendariz failed to exhaust his administrative remedies as to the claims in this case.
Armendariz has not shown that he will present a nonfrivolous issue on appeal. See Howard v. King, 707 F.2d 215, 220
(5th Cir. 1983). His motion for leave for IFP on appeal is denied, and the appeal is dismissed as frivolous. See Baugh, 117 F.3d at 202 n. 24; 5TH Cm. R. 42.2.
Our dismissal of this appeal as frivolous counts as a strike for purposes of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). The district court’s dismissal, with prejudice, of Armendariz’s Section 1983 complaint as frivolous and for failure to state a claim i Armendariz v. U.S. Congress, No. 1:08-cv-00154-C (N.D.Tex. Dec. 15, 2008), also counts as a strike under Section 1915(g). Armendariz is cautioned that if he accumulates three strikes under Section 1915(g), he will not be able to proceed IFP in any civil action or appeal filed while he is incarcerated or detained in any facility unless he is under imminent danger of serious physical injury. See
§ 1915(g). Also, in light of Armendariz’s history of filing frivolous pleadings, lawsuits, and habeas corpus petitions, we warn Armendariz that frivolous, repetitive, or otherwise abusive filings will invite the imposition of sanctions, including dismissal, monetary sanctions, and/or restrictions on his ability to file pleadings in this court and any court subject to this court’s jurisdiction.
IFP MOTION DENIED; APPEAL DISMISSED; SANCTION WARNINGS ISSUED.