Seals-Ali v. Perkins et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's motion to proceed in forma pauperis [Doc. #2] is GRANTED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the plaintiff shall pay an initial filing fee of $3.75 within thirty (30) days of the date of th is Order. Plaintiff is instructed to make his remittance payable to Clerk, United States District Court, and to include upon it: (1) his name; (2) his prison registration number; (3) the case number; and (4) that the remittance is for an original proceeding. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this action is DISMISSED pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B).An Order of Dismissal will accompany this Memorandum and Order. 2 Signed by District Judge Jean C. Hamilton on 6/22/17. (CLA)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
FREDERICK PERKINS, et al.,
No. 4:17-CV-1493 JCH
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court upon the motion of plaintiff Solomon Seals-Ali
(registration no.22387), an inmate at Potosi Correctional Center (“PCC”), for leave to commence
this action without payment of the required filing fee. For the reasons stated below, the Court
finds that plaintiff does not have sufficient funds to pay the entire filing fee and will assess an
initial partial filing fee of $3.75. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). Furthermore, based upon a review
of the complaint, the Court finds that the complaint should be dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §
28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1)
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1), a prisoner bringing a civil action in forma pauperis is
required to pay the full amount of the filing fee. If the prisoner has insufficient funds in his or
her prison account to pay the entire fee, the Court must assess and, when funds exist, collect an
initial partial filing fee of 20 percent of the greater of (1) the average monthly deposits in the
prisoner's account, or (2) the average monthly balance in the prisoner's account for the prior sixmonth period.
After payment of the initial partial filing fee, the prisoner is required to make
monthly payments of 20 percent of the preceding month's income credited to the prisoner's
account. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2). The agency having custody of the prisoner will forward these
monthly payments to the Clerk of Court each time the amount in the prisoner's account exceeds
$10, until the filing fee is fully paid. Id.
Plaintiff has submitted an affidavit and a certified copy of his prison account statement
for the six-month period immediately preceding the submission of his complaint.
A review of
plaintiff's account indicates an average monthly deposit of $18.75, and an average monthly
balance of $.04.
Plaintiff has insufficient funds to pay the entire filing fee.
Court will assess an initial partial filing fee of $3.75, which is 20 percent of plaintiff's average
28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B), the Court may dismiss a complaint filed in forma
pauperis if the action is frivolous, malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief can be
granted, or seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief. An action
is frivolous if “it lacks an arguable basis in either law or in fact.” Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S.
319, 328 (1989).
An action is malicious when it is undertaken for the purpose of harassing
litigants and not for the purpose of vindicating a cognizable right.
Spencer v. Rhodes, 656 F.
Supp. 458, 461-63 (E.D.N.C. 1987), aff =d 826 F.2d 1059 (4th Cir. 1987).
To determine whether an action fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted,
the Court must engage in a two-step inquiry. First, the Court must identify the allegations in the
complaint that are not entitled to the assumption of truth. Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. 1937,
These include “legal conclusions” and “[t]hreadbare recitals of the elements of
a cause of action [that are] supported by mere conclusory statements.” Id. at 1949. Second, the
Court must determine whether the complaint states a plausible claim for relief.
Id. at 1950-51.
This is a “context-specific task that requires the reviewing court to draw on its judicial
experience and common sense.” Id. at 1950. The plaintiff is required to plead facts that show
more than the “mere possibility of misconduct.”
The Court must review the factual
allegations in the complaint “to determine if they plausibly suggest an entitlement to relief.” Id.
When faced with alternative explanations for the alleged misconduct, the Court may
exercise its judgment in determining whether plaintiff’s proffered conclusion is the most
plausible or whether it is more likely that no misconduct occurred. Id. at 1950, 1951-52.
Plaintiff is an inmate at PCC and brings this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §
1983 against two of his fellow inmates, Frederick Perkins and Marcus McCoy. Plaintiff states
that he is “The Prophet, Noble Drew Ali & His Father, The Sultan, who is Allah, Himself.” He
states that he is a Moor and the “Original Member” of the MSJ of A, Inc., and he believes that
“any other member who joined the temple” is only an acting member.
Plaintiff objects to two other inmates at Potosi, defendants Perkins and McCoy, from
calling themselves “Grand Shieks” because he does not believe that they are “ordained ministers
of the MSJ of A,” and he states that he is the only “original member.”
Plaintiff states that he wants the Court to give defendants 2,000 years for violating his
laws for “interfering with the true and Divine work that [he] established for any & all of [his]
temples to be governed by.” Plaintiff also seeks monetary damages, as well as “Gold & Silver.”
Section 1983 imposes liability on government actors acting under color of state law. 42
U.S.C. § 1983.
“Private actors may incur section 1983 liability only if they are willing
participants in a joint action with public servants acting under color of state law.” Johnson v.
Outboard Marine Corp., 172 F.3d 531, 536 (8th Cir.1999). Because defendants are identified as
inmates at Potosi Correctional Center, and are not state actors, they cannot be held liable under §
1983. As such, plaintiff’s action is legally frivolous.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's motion to proceed in forma pauperis [Doc.
#2] is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the plaintiff shall pay an initial filing fee of $3.75
within thirty (30) days of the date of this Order. Plaintiff is instructed to make his remittance
payable to “Clerk, United States District Court,” and to include upon it: (1) his name; (2) his
prison registration number; (3) the case number; and (4) that the remittance is for an original
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this action is DISMISSED pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
An Order of Dismissal will accompany this Memorandum and Order.
Dated this 22nd day of June, 2017.
/s/ Jean C. Hamilton
JEAN C. HAMILTON
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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