Cruz-McCoy v. Topeka Rescue Mission et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER granting 3 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. The Clerk shall issue summons to the US Marshal or Deputy Marshal, who are appointed pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 4(c)(3). Plaintiff is directed to IMMEDIATELY prepare and submit summon(s) to the Clerk for service. Signed by Magistrate Judge Kenneth G. Gale on 10/13/2020. Mailed to pro se party Leila Cruz-McCoy by regular mail. (df)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
TOPEKA RESCUE MISSION, et al., )
Case No. 20-1274-JAR-KGG
MEMORANDUM & ORDER ON
MOTION TO PROCEED WITHOUT PREPAYMENT OF FEES
In conjunction with her federal court Complaint alleging workplace
discrimination (Doc. 1), Plaintiff Leila Cruz-McCoy, who is representing herself
pro se, has filed a Motion to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees (“IFP
application,” Doc. 3, sealed) with a supporting financial affidavit. After review of
Plaintiff’s motion, the Court GRANTS the IFP application.
Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis.
Under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a), a federal court may authorize commencement of
an action without prepayment of fees, costs, etc., by a person who lacks financial
means. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). “Proceeding in forma pauperis in a civil case ‘is a
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privilege, not a right – fundamental or otherwise.’” Barnett v. Northwest School,
No. 00-2499, 2000 WL 1909625, at *1 (D. Kan. Dec. 26, 2000) (quoting White v.
Colorado, 157 F.3d 1226, 1233 (10th Cir. 1998)). The decision to grant or deny in
forma pauperis status lies within the sound discretion of the court. Cabrera v.
Horgas, No. 98-4231, 1999 WL 241783, at *1 (10th Cir. Apr. 23, 1999).
There is a liberal policy toward permitting proceedings in forma pauperis
when necessary to ensure that the courts are available to all citizens, not just those
who can afford to pay. See generally, Yellen v. Cooper, 828 F.2d 1471 (10th Cir.
1987). In construing the application and affidavit, courts generally seek to
compare an applicant’s monthly expenses to monthly income. See Patillo v. N.
Am. Van Lines, Inc., No. 02-2162, 2002 WL 1162684, at *1 (D.Kan. Apr. 15,
2002); Webb v. Cessna Aircraft, No. 00-2229, 2000 WL 1025575, at *1 (D.Kan.
July 17, 2000) (denying motion because “Plaintiff is employed, with monthly
income exceeding her monthly expenses by approximately $600.00”).
In the supporting financial affidavit, Plaintiff does not indicate her age or
marital status, but does list four dependent children under the age of 18. (Doc. 3,
sealed, at 3.) She indicates she lists no income or prior employment for herself or
a spouse, but does list a modest amount of monthly disability payments. (Id., at 2.)
She does not own real property but does own a modest automobile, with little
residual value. (Id., at 3.) She lists a no cash on hand. (Id., at 2.) She lists
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reasonable amounts for rent and other expenses, including food, utilities, clothing,
and automobile insurance. (Id., at 4.)
Considering the information contained in her financial affidavit, the Court
finds that Plaintiff has established that her access to the Court would be
significantly limited absent the ability to file this action without payment of fees
and costs. The Court thus GRANTS Plaintiff’s request to proceed in forma
pauperis. (Doc. 3, sealed.)
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiff’s motion for IFP status (Doc.
3, sealed) is GRANTED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated at Wichita, Kansas, on this 13th day of October, 2020.
S/ KENNETH G. GALE
KENNETH G. GALE
United States Magistrate Judge
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