Salyer v. Whitlock et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER signed by Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. on 9/19/16; denying 7 Motion to Adjust Filing Fee. cc: Counsel, Plaintiff (pro se) (DJT)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY
JASON M. SALYER
CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:16-CV-P260-JHM
ETHAN WHITLOCK et al.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Before the Court are two almost identical letters filed by Plaintiff (DNs 7 & 8). The
Court construes the letters as motions to consolidate and modify the Court’s prior Order (DN 6)
for payment of the filing fee.
In his motions, Plaintiff states that he has two actions pending in the Western District of
Kentucky for which he is required to pay a “total initial partial filing fee of $192.40.” Plaintiff
states that this is a “substantial amount of money considering that this institution already
gaurnishis 50% of all funds which I receive here.” In one motion (DN 7), Plaintiff moves the
Court to “adjust the filling fee and allow [him] to make payments directly to the Clerk’s Office
from outside sources so that it is not costing [him] double to pay these fees.” In the other motion
(DN 8), Plaintiff requests the Court to “combine the fees for the partial filling fee and monthly
payments and therefore allow [him] to make payment directly to the clerks office from outside
sources so that [he is] not paying double to pay [his] court fees.”
A prisoner is “responsible for their filing fees the moment the civil action . . . is filed,”
and by filing a complaint, “the prisoner waives any objection to the fee assessment by the district
court.” McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601, 605 (6th Cir. 1997), overruled on other
grounds by Jones v. Bock, 549 U.S. 199 (2007). The Court is to make the filing fee assessment
for each action as directed in 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). If a prisoner has no funds in his prison
trust account, he “is still obligated to pay the full filing fee when money does become available.”
Id. at 606. There is no statutory provision provided to combine the fees assessed under
28 U.S.C. § 1915(b) or to modify or change the assessment of the filing fee. See Bruce v.
Samuels, 136 S. Ct. 627, 631 (2016) (holding that “§ 1915(b)(2) calls for simultaneous, not
sequential, recoupment of multiple filing fees”); Atchison v Collins, 288 F.3d 177 (5th Cir. 2002)
(requiring simultaneous payments of multiple filing fees); Lyon v. Ky. State Penitentiary,
Nos. Civ.A.5:02CV-P53-R, Civ.A.5:03CV-P10-R, 2005 WL 2044955 (W.D. Ky. Aug. 23, 2005)
Plaintiff’s motions (DNs 7 & 8) to consolidate and modify the payment of his filing fees
Neither the denial of these motions nor the statute governing assessment of the filing fee
precludes Plaintiff from making additional payments toward his filing fees through sources other
than his prison trust account, if he so chooses.
September 19, 2016
Plaintiff, pro se
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