The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) is designed to prevent prisoners from tying up the courts with a million appeals and shit to try to get out of prison. These fuckheads have nothing else to do, but think about how to get out, so they’ll drop appeals on the courts like birds poop on a car under a tree.
Lomax, one of the fuckheads in question, filed an appeal forma pauperis (a term that means “without paying the usual court fees”) that while in prison many of his constitutional rights were violated.
Three of his claims were dismissed without prejudice for failure to state a claim.
Without prejudice just means that the courts allow the person submitting the claim, to amend and resubmit, whereas “with prejudice” would mean that the courts are politely telling them to go fuck themselves and not come back with this bullshit again.
The Failure to state a Claim aspect, basically means they submitted some bullshit that wasn’t even a crime, violation, or anything the courts feel they could act upon. Like, if I sue you for driving your car on the street, well I’m allowed to do that. So you have no fucking claim. Get it?
Anyway, the PLRA says when you lose an appeal, that’s a strike against you, and after three strikes, you can no longer file a forma pauperis request. Again, you’re cluttering up the courts. So fuck you, you’re going to pay for that shit.
So Lomax was like, “How the fuck you gonna call those claims strikes, when you dismissed without prejudice? You told me I could think about this shit some more, then come on back with a better argument, so here I fucking am, assholes.”
Lower courts told Lomax to take his shitty argument and go fuck himself. So here we are at SCOTUS trying to sort this out.
In a unanimous decision, SCOTUS sided with Ortiz-Marquez. That Dismissal without prejudice still counts as a fucking strike. Lomax was a colossal waste of time to the courts, and he should kindly go fuck himself.
Hear oral arguments or read about the case here.