Anderson v. Hobbs et al
ORDER ADOPTING 140 Report and Recommendations in toto; further plaintiff's status is revoked and plaintiff shall have 10 days to pay the Court's filing fee of $400.00; further if plaintiff fails to pay the filing fee within 10 days, plaintiff's case will be dismissed with prejudice. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on September 9, 2014. (rw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
HOT SPRINGS DIVISION
JAMES KEN ANDERSON
CASE NO. 12-CV-6117
RAY HOBBS, Director of the
Arkansas Department of Correction,
Before the Court is the Report and Recommendation (“R&R”) filed August 25, 2014, by the
Honorable Barry A. Bryant, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Arkansas.
ECF No. 140. Judge Bryant recommends that Plaintiff’s in forma pauperis (“IFP”) status be revoked
and his claims dismissed if he does not pay the full filing fee within ten days of this Order. Plaintiff
has responded with timely objections. ECF No. 141.
The R&R details Plaintiff’s litigation history and notes that Plaintiff has accumulated more
than three strikes pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). Plaintiff was originally granted IFP status based
on his allegations that he was in imminent danger of physical harm. Judge Bryant now recommends
that Plaintiff’s IFP status be revoked because it has become clear that Plaintiff is not and never has
been in imminent danger of serious physical harm. Plaintiff claims that he is in imminent danger
because of certain medical conditions, including hepatitis C, metastatic cancer, MRSA bacterial
infection, and a failed knee replacement surgery. Plaintiff, however, fails to specifically state what
imminent physical danger he is actually in. Further, the medical records in evidence do not support
In his objections, Plaintiff claims that a liver function test shows that he is imminent danger
of physical harm, but the medical record in evidence reveals that his liver functions are normal. The
medical records also indicate that x-rays show no evidence of any hardware failure of his knee
implant. Plaintiff further claims that in December 2013, he had knee revision surgery, but he fails
to show how any knee issues place him in imminent danger of physical harm. Plaintiff also claims
in his objections that he is being treated at UAMS Hospital for prostate cancer that has spread to his
liver and pancreas. Plaintiff, however, fails to show that he is in imminent danger of physical harm
because of the cancer. Plaintiff, in fact, seems to show that he is not in imminent danger since he
is being treated for his condition with chemotherapy and radiation.
Accordingly, based on its own de novo review, the Court overrules Defendant’s objections
and adopts the Report and Recommendation in toto. ECF No. 140. Defendant’s IFP status is
REVOKED. Plaintiff shall have ten (10) days to pay the Court’s filing fee of $400. If Plaintiff fails
to pay the filing fee within ten (10) days, Plaintiff’s case will be dismissed with prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 9th day of September, 2014.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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