Wade v. Vannoy et al
ORDER: Plaintiff is granted twenty-one (21) days from the date of this Order within which to pay $400.00, the full amount of the Court's filing fee. The filing fee must be paid in full in a single payment. No partial payments will be accepted. Failure to pay the filing fee within 21 days may result in the dismissal of Plaintiff's action without further notice from the Court. Signed by Magistrate Judge Erin Wilder-Doomes on 1/8/2018. (EDC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
TROY D. WADE (#305401)
WARDEN DARREL VANNOY
Pro se Plaintiff, an inmate confined at the Louisiana State Penitentiary (“LSP”), Angola,
Louisiana, submitted correspondence to this Court on December 27, 2017 that the Court interpreted to
be a Complaint brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. ' 1983 against prison officials. Plaintiff complained
therein of the alleged violation of his constitutional civil rights through a failure to close Camp J at
LSP and through a discriminatory failure to allow inmates housed at that location to have outside
recreation on holidays.
Plaintiff has neither paid the Court’s filing fee nor submitted a motion to
proceed in forma pauperis herein.
Even if Plaintiff had sought in forma pauperis status, the rules applicable to the granting
by courts of in forma pauperis status to inmates in cases challenging the conditions of their
confinement make clear that Plaintiff is not entitled to proceed as a pauper in this case. These
rules, set forth in 28 U.S.C. ' 1915, provide, in pertinent part:
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.
28 U.S.C. ' 1915(g).
In Adepegba v. Hammons, 103 F.3d 383 (5th Cir. 1996), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
examined the effect of the amended statute and concluded that any civil action or appeal dismissed
as frivolous, malicious or for failure to state a claim shall be considered as within the ambit of the
Athree strikes@ provision of ' 1915(g).
In addition, an interpretation of Adepegba instructs that
this Court should revoke the prior grant of pauper status to inmates who subsequently Astrike out@
and should require that these inmates pay the Court=s filing fee or face dismissal of their pending
actions or appeals.
Id. at 388 (concluding that the appeal there under review and all other
pending appeals filed by a Athree strikes@ petitioner should be dismissed in the absence of payment
by the petitioner of the full amount of the Court=s filing fee).
A review of the records of this Court reflects that Plaintiff, on three or more prior occasions
while incarcerated, has brought actions or appeals in the federal courts that have been dismissed
as frivolous or for failure to state a claim.1
Accordingly, the Court concludes that Plaintiff is
barred from proceeding in forma pauperis in this case and is required to pay the full amount of the
Court=s filing fee.2
IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff is granted twenty-one (21) days from the date of this Order
within which to pay $400.00, the full amount of the Court=s filing fee.
paid in full in a single payment. No partial payments will be accepted.
The filing fee must be
Failure to pay the filing
1. Cases or appeals filed by Plaintiff while incarcerated that have been dismissed by the
federal courts as frivolous or for failure to state a claim include, but are not limited to, Troy D.
Wade v. Burl Cain, et al., Civil Action No. 10-0575-FJP-SCR (M.D., La.), Troy D. Wade v. Bonnie
Jackson, et al., Civil Action No. 14-0542-JWD-RLB (M.D., La.), and Troy D. Wade v. Darrel
Vannoy, et al., Civil Action No. 16-0360-JWD-RLB (M.D., La.). The appeal delays in all matters
have elapsed, rendering the dismissals final. See Adepegba v. Hammons, supra, 103 F.3d at 38788.
2. The Court finds that the allegations of Plaintiff=s Complaint do not fall within the
Aimminent danger” exception to 28 U.S.C. ' 1915(g).
fee within 21 days may result in the dismissal of Plaintiff=s action without further notice from
Signed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on January 8, 2018.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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