Walker v. Davenport et al
ORDER ADOPTING 7 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS re 1 Complaint filed by Earnest Lee Walker, Sr. This action is dismissed without prejudice for failure to comply with the Court's Order and to prosecute this action by paying the partial filing fee, as directed. The motion to stay is denied as set out. Signed by Judge Kristi K. DuBose on 9/15/2016. (copy mailed) (cmj)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
EARNEST LEE WALKER, SR.
CARTER DAVENPORT, et al.,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 16-00175-KD-B
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff’s complaint filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §
1983. (Doc. 1). Plaintiff was permitted to proceed in forma pauperis but was required to pay the
partial filing fee of $8.77. (Doc. 5). When he did not do so by the required deadline, the
Magistrate Judge recommended that this matter be dismissed. (Doc. 7). This Court permitted
Plaintiff an additional 30 days in which to pay the partial filing fee and he has failed to do so.
Thus, after due and proper consideration of all portions of this file deemed relevant to the
issues raised, and a de novo determination of those portions of the Report and Recommendation
to which objection is made, the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, dated July
25, 2016, made under 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) is ADOPTED as the opinion of this Court. It is
ORDERED that this action be dismissed without prejudice for failure to comply with the
Court’s order and to prosecute this action.
Further, Defendant’s motion to stay (Doc. 10), which appears to request that he be
permitted to proceed on credit via his prisoner account rather than pay the partial filing fee of
$8.77 by the required deadline, is DENIED.1 The applicable statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1)
explains that “if a prisoner brings a civil action or files an appeal in forma pauperis, the prisoner
shall be required to pay the full amount of a filing fee. The court shall assess and, when funds
exist, collect, as a partial payment of any court fees required by law, an initial partial filing fee of
20 percent of the greater of-- (A) the average monthly deposits to the prisoner’s account; or (B)
the average monthly balance in the prisoner's account for the 6-month period immediately
preceding the filing of the complaint or notice of appeal.” This statute is not discretionary (“the
court shall assess…” (emphasis added)).2 Thus, Defendant’s payment of the partial filing fee is
required and the relief he seeks is not available.
DONE and ORDERED this 15th day of September 2016.
/s/ Kristi K. DuBose
KRISTI K. DuBOSE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Plaintiff requests an “order allowing the partial filin[g] fee to of $8.77 to be deducted from [his prisoner account]
onces funds become available and [20%] thereafter.” (Doc. 10 at 1).
The partial filing fee of $8.77 is 20% of the average monthly deposits to the Defendant’s account. (Doc. 2 at 5).
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