Akers v. Flannigan et al
ORDER ENTERED: Plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis 2 is denied. Plaintiff is granted thirty (30) days from the date of this order to submit the $400.00 district court filing fee. The failure to pay the full filing fee by that deadline will result in the dismissal of this action without prejudice. Signed by Magistrate Judge David J. Waxse on 07/06/17. Mailed to pro se party Montgomery Carl Akers by regular mail. (smnd)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
MONTGOMERY CARL AKERS,
CASE NO. 17-3094-SAC-DJW
KIM I. FLANNIGAN, et al.,
Plaintiff is an inmate at the United States Penitentiary Marion, in Marion Illinois. He
filed this pro se civil rights complaint under Bivens v. Six Unknown Agents of Fed. Bureau of
Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388, 91 S. Ct. 1999 (1971). Plaintiff seeks damages and injunctive relief
and alleges that defendants have violated plaintiff’s constitutional rights by preventing him from
accessing $250 million in funds and by contacting potential defense counsel to dissuade them
from representing plaintiff. Plaintiff contends these actions have prevented him from accessing
This matter is before the court on plaintiff’s motion for leave to proceed in forma
pauperis under 28 U.S.C. § 1915 without prepayment of the district court filing fees.1 Section
1915(g) of 28 U.S.C. provides:
In no event shall a prisoner bring a civil action or appeal a judgment in a civil
action or proceeding under this section if the prisoner has, on 3 or more prior
occasions, while incarcerated or detained in any facility, brought an action or
appeal in a court of the United States that was dismissed on the grounds that it is
frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted,
unless the prisoner is under imminent danger of serious physical injury.
If a plaintiff is not granted in forma pauperis status under § 1915, the fee to file a non-habeas civil action includes
the $350.00 fee required by 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a) and a $50.00 general administrative fee pursuant to § 1914(b) and
the District Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule prescribed by the Judicial Conference of the United States.
Id. This provision does not bar a prisoner with three strikes from filing civil actions, but it
operates to eliminate the privilege to proceed in forma pauperis. A prisoner who has three strikes
may still proceed in civil actions or appeals by prepaying the full filing fee. See Jennings v.
Natrona County Detention Center Medical Facility, 175 F.3d 775, 778 (10th Cir. 1999); see also
Medberry v. Butler, 185 F.3d 1190, 1193 n.2 (11th Cir. 1999) (“We note that 28 U.S.C. §1915(g)
does not deny prisoners the right of access to the courts; it merely requires them to pay the filing
fee immediately and in full rather than on an installment plan.”)
Mr. Akers has long been designated a three-strikes litigant under Section 1915(g) and he
has repeatedly been advised that absent a showing of imminent danger, he has lost the right to
proceed in forma pauperis in federal court because of his repeated filing of frivolous lawsuits.2
The court has examined the complaint and plaintiff’s motion and finds that plaintiff does not
allege a single fact to show he is in imminent danger of serious physical injury. Accordingly,
plaintiff may proceed in this matter only if he pays the full district court filing fee.
IT IS THEREFORE BY THE COURT ORDERED that plaintiff’s motion for leave to
proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. #2) is denied, and that plaintiff is granted thirty (30) days from
the date of this order to submit the $400.00 district court filing fee. The failure to pay the full
filing fee by that deadline will result in the dismissal of this action without prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 6th day of July 2017, in Kansas City, Kansas.
s/ David J. Waxse_____________
David J. Waxse
U.S. Magistrate Judge
See Akers v. Martin, No. 13-cv-3086-SAC, *2 (D. Kan. June 11, 2013) (collecting cases, denying plaintiff’s
motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis and finding plaintiff subject to the “3-strike” provision in Section
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