(PC) Rodriguez v. Cate et al

Filing 17

ORDER to SHOW CAUSE why Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis Should not be Denied signed by Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on 06/08/2021. Show Cause Response due within Twenty-One Days. (Flores, E)

Download PDF
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 ERICK EDDIE RODRIGUEZ, 12 Plaintiff, 13 v. 14 M. CATE, et al., 15 Case No.: 1:21-cv-00898-SKO (PC) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY MOTION TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS SHOULD NOT BE DENIED 21-DAY DEADLINE Defendants. 16 17 Plaintiff Erick Eddie Rodriguez initiated this action on September 10, 2019. (Doc. 1.) On 18 that same date, Plaintiff filed a motion to proceed in forma pauperis (“IFP”). (Doc. 2.) On June 4, 19 2021, Magistrate Judge Allison Claire issued an order transferring this case to the Fresno Division 20 of the Eastern District of California. (Doc. 15.) The Court has not yet ruled on Plaintiff’s motion 21 to proceed IFP. 22 According to the certified account statement submitted by the California Department of 23 Corrections and Rehabilitation, Plaintiff had $842.91 on the date he filed his application to 24 proceed IFP. (Doc. 6) This is more than enough to pay the $402 filing fee in this action. 25 Therefore, Plaintiff must show why he is entitled to proceed in forma pauperis. 26 Proceeding “in forma pauperis is a privilege not a right.” Smart v. Heinze, 347 F.2d 114, 27 116 (9th Cir. 1965). While a party need not be completely destitute to proceed in forma pauperis, 28 Adkins v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., 335 U.S. 331, 339-40 (1948), “‘the same even-handed 1 care must be employed to assure that federal funds are not squandered to underwrite, at public 2 expense, either frivolous claims or the remonstrances of a suitor who is financially able, in whole 3 or in material part, to pull his own oar,’” Doe v. Educ. Enrichment Sys., No. 15-cv-2628-MMA- 4 MDD, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 173063, *2 (S.D. Cal. 2015) (citation omitted). Hence, “the court 5 shall dismiss the case at any time if the court determines that the [plaintiff’s] allegation of poverty 6 is untrue.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(A). 7 Plaintiff appears to have had adequate funds to pay the filing fee for this action when he 8 filed his application to proceed in forma pauperis. Accordingly, the Court ORDERS Plaintiff, 9 within 21 days of the date of service of this order, to show cause in writing why his motion to 10 proceed IFP should not be denied. Failure to respond to this order may result in a 11 recommendation that this action be dismissed for failure to obey a court order. 12 13 14 15 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: June 8, 2021 /s/ Sheila K. Oberto UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2 .

Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.

Why Is My Information Online?