Harrell v. Harrell
ORDER granting 3 Motion for Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis. Mr. Harrell is still required to pay the entire $350.00 filing fee. His present custodian or designee will collect the filing fee from Mr. Harrell's prison trust account and forward monthly payments to the Clerk of Court. The Clerk if Court is directed to send a copy of this Order to the ADC Centralized Banking Office, the ADC Compliance Division, and the Warden of the Mississippi County Detention Center. Mr. Harrell's claims are dismissed without prejudice. The Court certifies that an in forma pauperis appeal from this dismissal would be frivolous and not taken in good faith. Signed by Judge Kristine G. Baker on 5/8/2014. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
CHARLES KENNETH HARRELL
Case No. 3:14-cv-00029 KGB
NATHAN LEE HARRELL
Plaintiff Charles Kenneth Harrell, an inmate housed at the Mississippi County Detention
Facility, filed this lawsuit pro se under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (Dkt. No. 1) and has now submitted an
application for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Dkt. No. 3) Because Mr. Harrell has
provided the necessary documentation, his request to proceed in forma pauperis is granted.
Local Rule 5.5(c)(2) includes requirements for parties who are not represented by
counsel. They must promptly notify the Clerk and the other parties in the case of any change in
address; monitor the progress of the case and prosecute or defend the case diligently; sign all
pleadings and include a current address, zip code, and telephone number; and be familiar with
and follow both Local Rules and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Any plaintiff not
represented by counsel must respond to communications from the Court within thirty (30) days,
or the case may be dismissed without prejudice.
In Forma Pauperis Application
Even though Mr. Harrell will proceed in forma pauperis, the law requires him to pay the
entire $350.00 filing fee. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). The only question is the amount of the
monthly payments Mr. Harrell must make from his jail trust account to satisfy the filing fee.
Here, Mr. Harrell’s account information sheet shows that he does not have enough money
available to pay an initial partial filing fee. However, the entire filing will be paid from his
prison trust account, as funds become available. His present custodian or his designee will
collect from Mr. Harrell’s prison trust account the $350.00 filing fee by collecting monthly
payments amounting to 20% of the preceding month’s income credited to his prison trust account
each time the amount in the account exceeds $10.00. Payments should be clearly identified by
the name and number assigned to this action.
The Clerk of Court is directed to send a copy of this Order to the Arkansas Department of
Correction Trust Fund Centralized Banking Office, P.O. Box 8908, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71611,
the Arkansas Department of Correction Compliance Division, P.O. Box 20550, Pine Bluff,
Arkansas 71612, and the Warden/Director of the Mississippi County Detention Facility, 685
NCR 599, Luxora, Arkansas 72358.
Federal courts must screen prisoner complaints that seek relief against a government
entity, officer, or employee.
28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a).
Claims that are legally frivolous or
malicious; that fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted; or that seek money from a
defendant who is immune from paying damages must be dismissed before the defendants are
served. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b). However, the dismissal of a complaint under section 1915A does
not negate a prisoner’s obligation to pay the filing fee. In re Prisoner Litig. Reform Act, 105
F.3d 1131, 1134 (6th Cir. 1997).
In his complaint, Mr. Harrell names his uncle, Nathan Lee Harrell, as the only defendant.
Mr. Harrell fails to include any allegations to support a finding that defendant Harrell is a state
actor; nor does he include any allegations to support an alleged violation of a constitutional or
federal right. As a result, his claims against defendant Harrell brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983
fail. See 42 U.S.C. § 1983; Lugar v. Edmondson Oil Co., Inc., 457 U.S. 922, 937 (1982) (“[T]he
party charged with the deprivation must be a person who may fairly be said to be a state actor.”).
Mr. Harrell’s 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims are dismissed without prejudice. The Court
certifies that an in forma pauperis appeal from this dismissal would be frivolous and not taken in
IT IS SO ORDERED this 8th day of May, 2014.
KRISTINE G. BAKER
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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