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United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

Omar FOLK, Appellant v. PRIME CARE MEDICAL; Dauphin County Prison; Perry County Prison; Attorney General of Pennsylvania; David E. Yeingst; Dominick DeRose; P.A. Tonya Schisler; LPN Tom Toolan; Dr. Matthew Legal; Lt. Twigg; Sgt. Keller; Thomas Long; City of Harrisburg; Perry County City; Heidi R. Freese; Dauphin County; C.O. Charles Donbaugh; P.A. Young; Board Chairman; Perry County Prison; Chad Chenet; Perry County Prison Board

No. 18-3602

Decided: June 18, 2019

Before: McKEE, SHWARTZ and BIBAS, Circuit Judges Omar Sierre Folk, Pro Se John R. Ninosky, Esq., Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, Camp Hill, PA, for Defendant - Appellee Prime Care Medical Joshua M. Autry, Esq., Elizabeth L. Kramer, Esq., Frank J. Lavery, Jr., Esq., Lavery Law, Harrisburg, PA, for Defendants - Appellees Dauphin County Prison, Dominick DeRose, City of Harrisburg Matthew R. Clayberger, Esq., David L. Schwalm, Esq., Thomas Thomas & Hafer, Harrisburg, PA, for Defendants - Appellees Perry County Prison, David Yeingst, Larry Twigg, Keller, Thomas Long, Chad Chenet, Perry County Prison Board Chairman Kenneth L. Joel, Esq., Sean A. Kirkpatrick, Esq., Lauren E. Sulcove, Esq., Office of Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA, for Defendant - Appellee Attorney General Pennsylvania John R. Ninosky, Esq., Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, Camp Hill, PA, Robert J. Schweiger, Esq., Johnson Duffie Stewart & Weidner, Lemoyne, PA, for Defendants - Appellees Tanya Schisler, Tom Toolan, Young John G. Dean, Esq., Elliott Greenleaf & Dean, Scranton, PA, for Defendant Heidi Freese David L. Schwalm, Esq., Thomas Thomas & Hafer, Harrisburg, PA, for Defendant Perry County Prison Board


Pro se appellant Omar Folk, proceeding in forma pauperis, appeals from the District Court’s denial of his motion for reconsideration. For the reasons that follow, we will summarily affirm the District Court’s judgment.

In February 2013, Folk filed a complaint in the District Court alleging a series of claims about his medical care while he has been incarcerated, access to the prison law library, and his public defender’s actions in a criminal case. The District Court ultimately dismissed all of Folk’s claims with prejudice for failure to state a claim and denied his motions for reconsideration. We affirmed the District Court’s judgment on July 10, 2018.

Soon after, Folk filed another motion for reconsideration in the District Court. Folk primarily restated and added to the allegations he had previously made and discussed several new unrelated incidents regarding his medical care. Additionally, Folk maintained that the medication he was taking somehow prevented him from fully explaining his allegations during the five years that his case and his previous appeal were pending. The District Court denied his motion. Folk timely appealed.1

We have jurisdiction over this appeal pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291. We review the denial of a motion for reconsideration for abuse of discretion. See Max’s Seafood Café ex rel. Lou-Ann, Inc. v. Quinteros, 176 F.3d 669, 673 (3d Cir. 1999). We may summarily affirm a district court’s decision “on any basis supported by the record” if the appeal fails to present a substantial question. See Murray v. Bledsoe, 650 F.3d 246, 247 (3d Cir. 2011) (per curiam).

The District Court did not abuse its discretion in denying Folk’s motion, as it was not based on a proper ground for reconsideration, such as an intervening change in law, newly discovered evidence, or “the need to correct a clear error of law or fact or to prevent manifest injustice.” See Max’s Seafood Café, 176 F.3d at 677. Rather, Folk’s motion relied on allegations that he either already made or could have made in the District Court and in his prior appeal. Accordingly, we will summarily affirm the District Court’s judgment.2


1.   Folk also moves to consolidate this appeal with his earlier appeal at C.A. No. 18-1352.

2.   Additionally, we deny Folk’s motion to consolidate.


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