Thomas v. Unknown Party

Filing 37

ORDER- IT IS ORDERED that Pla's 36 Motion for reimbursement of the filing fee for this action is denied. Signed by Judge Robert C Broomfield on 9/14/10.(SAT)

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--ECV Thomas v. Unknown Party Doc. 37 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 WO SC IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA Willis Clyde Thomas, Plaintiff, vs. Courtroom Deputy for Judge Ronan, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. CV 10-0537-PHX-RCB (ECV) ORDER Plaintiff Willis Clyde Thomas, who is confined in the Arizona State Prison ComplexEast Unit, in Florence, Arizona, filed a pro se civil rights Complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983. (Doc. 1.)1 In an Order filed on March 31, 2010, the Court denied Plaintiff's Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis and gave him 30 days in which to either pay the $350.00 civil action filing fee or file a proper Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis. (Doc. 14.) Plaintiff subsequently filed a properly completed in forma pauperis application, which was granted in an Order filed on June 8, 2010. (Doc. 26.) In the same Order, the Court dismissed the Complaint for failure to state a claim and granted Plaintiff 30 days within which to file a first amended complaint. (Id.) On June 17, 2010, Plaintiff filed two motions to dismiss and a motion for appointment of counsel. (Doc. 28-30.) On June 22, 2010, Plaintiff filed a First Amended Complaint, signed June 14, 2010, and another motion to dismiss, dated June 22, 2010. (Doc. 32, 33.) In an Order filed on June 25, 2010, the Court construed the motions to dismiss as notices of voluntary dismissal pursuant to Rule 41 and 1 "Doc." refers to the docket number of filings in this case. Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 denied the motion for appointment of counsel. (Doc. 34.) Plaintiff has now filed a motion seeking reimbursement of the filing fee for this action. (Doc. 36.) Plaintiff's motion will be denied. In its June 25, 2010 Order, the Court denied an earlier request to have the assessment of the filing fee vacated. The Court informed Plaintiff that: An indigent inmate may proceed in forma pauperis without prepayment of the filing fee, 28 U.S.C. 1915(a)(1), (2), but he remains obligated to pay the fee incrementally, 28 U.S.C. 1915(b)(1) ("if a prisoner brings a civil action . . . the prisoner shall be required to pay the full amount of the filing fee."). That is, a prisoner-plaintiff granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis must pay the assessed filing fee regardless of the subsequent dismissal of a case. 28 U.S.C. 1915(b). (Doc. 34 at 2.) Thus, regardless of the status of this case, Plaintiff remains obligated to pay the filing fee in full. Plaintiff became liable for the filing fee upon the filing of his Complaint in this case. (Doc. 26.) The subsequent dismissal of this action does not absolve him of the obligation and 1915 does not provide any authority or mechanism for the Court to excuse Plaintiff from having to pay the filing fee in full. IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff's motion for reimbursement of the filing fee for this action is denied. (Doc. 36.) DATED this 14th day of September, 2010. -2-

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