COOKS v. TUCKER
ORDER: 3 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION is withdrawn and Clerk directed to VACATE the R&R. Clerk directed to apply the filing fee currently reflected at Doc. 15 in Case 4:12-cv-296-WS-CAS to the instant case and update his fee status in Case 4:13-cv-37-WS-GRJ to paid. Signed by MAGISTRATE JUDGE GARY R JONES on 2/20/2013. (jws)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
WINDSOR E. COOKS,
Case No. 4:13-cv-37-WS-GRJ
KENNETH TUCKER, et al.,
On February 1, 2013, the Court entered a Report and Recommendation
recommending that this case be dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g) because
Plaintiff has four strikes. (Doc. 3.) Plaintiff did not pay the filing fee or move to proceed
as a pauper when he filed the civil complaint. (Doc. 1.) In his objection to the Report
and Recommendation, Plaintiff asserts that the $350.00 filing fee was paid on Feb. 1,
2013 from the retirement account of Stuart Dale Bush. According to the FDOC website,
Stuart Dale Bush is an inmate housed at Liberty C.I. with Plaintiff. No filing fee has
been entered in the instant case. However, Plaintiff previously filed the same claims in
another case in this District, Case No. 4:12-cv-296-WS-CAS, Cooks .v Tucker.
In that case, Plaintiff moved to voluntarily dismiss his case because he could not
timely pay the filing fee. (Doc. 13, Case No. 4:12-cv-296-WS-CAS.) The Magistrate
Judge granted the motion to dismiss and advised Plaintiff that “if this case is dismissed,
and money is thereafter received from any source, it will be returned to the sender.
Plaintiff may resubmit this case if and when Plaintiff pays the filing fee at the time of
case initiation.” (Doc. 14, Case No. 4:12-cv-296-WS-CAS.) Accordingly, Plaintiff’s
previous case was dismissed and administratively closed on November 30, 2012. On
February 1, 2013, a $350.00 filing fee payment was applied to Plaintiff’s closed case
contrary to the Magistrate’s Judges’ previous order that the filing fee (if received) should
be returned to the sender.
Based on the Magistrate Judge’s previous guidance to Plaintiff that any filing fee
received in the dismissed case would be returned and Plaintiff’s assertion that a filing
fee in the instant case was paid on February 1, 2013, it appears that the $350.00 was
inadvertently applied to Case No. 4:12-cv-296-WS-CAS but should have been applied
in the instant case, Case No. 4:13-cv-37-WS-GRJ.
Consequently, the Court’s Report and Recommendation, recommending that the
case be dismissed because the Plaintiff is a “three-striker,” no longer applies because
the Plaintiff has paid the filing fee in full.
Accordingly, upon due consideration, it is ORDERED that:
1. The Court’s February 1, 2013 Report and Recommendation (Doc. 3) is
withdrawn and the Clerk is directed to VACATE the Report and
2. The Clerk is directed to apply the filing fee currently reflected at Doc. 15 in
Case No. 4:12-cv-296-WS-CAS to the instant case and update his fee status in
Case No. 4:13-cv-37-WS-GRJ to paid.
DONE AND ORDERED this 20th day of February 2013.
s/Gary R. Jones
GARY R. JONES
United States Magistrate Judge
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