Brown v. Bueno
ORDER to SHOW CAUSE why the case should not be dismissed because of Plaintiff's untrue allegation of poverty in filing for in forma pauperis status 2 , 6 signed by Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on 10/19/2017. Show Cause Response due by 11/13/2017.(Lundstrom, T)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
Case No. 1:17-cv-01295-SKO (PC)
SHERMAN ALAN BROWN,
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY THE CASE
SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED BECAUSE OF
PLAINTIFF’S UNTRUE ALLEGATION OF
POVERTY IN FILING FOR IN FORMA
(Docs. 2, 6)
TWENTY-ONE (21) DAY DEADLINE
Plaintiff, Sherman Alan Brown, is a state prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil rights
action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. ' 1983, which he filed on September 28, 2017. (Doc. 1.) Plaintiff
also filed a motion to proceed in forma pauperis. (Doc. 2.) Later that same date, the California
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation submitted a certified prison trust account statement
for Plaintiff. (Doc. 6.) Upon review, Plaintiff’s trust account reflects an average balance of one
thousand dollars to over three thousand dollars for the five month period before Plaintiff filed this
Proceeding “in forma pauperis is a privilege not a right.” Smart v. Heinze, 347 F.2d 114,
116 (9th Cir. 1965). While a party need not be completely destitute to proceed IFP, Adkins v. E.I.
DuPont de Nemours & Co., 335 U.S. 331, 339-40 (1948), “the same even-handed care must be
employed to assure that federal funds are not squandered to underwrite, at public expense, either
frivolous claims or the remonstrances of a suitor who is financially able, in whole or in material
part, to pull his own oar.” Doe v. Educ. Enrichment Sys., No. 15cv2628-MMA (MDD), 2015
U.S. Dist. LEXIS 173063, *2 (S.D. Cal. Dec. 30, 2015) (citing Temple v. Ellerthorpe, 586 F.
Supp. 848, 850 (D.R.I. 1984)). “[T]he court shall dismiss the case at any time if the court
determines the allegation of poverty is untrue.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(A). Plaintiff clearly was
not impoverished when he filed this action and his motion to proceed in forma pauperis.
Accordingly, it is HEREBY ORDERD to that within twenty-one (21) days of the date
of service of this order, Plaintiff shall show cause why his in forma pauperis status should not be
denied and this action dismissed without prejudice to refiling with prepayment of the filing fee.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
October 19, 2017
Sheila K. Oberto
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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