Lloyd v. Santa Fe Adult Detention Facility et al
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE by Magistrate Judge Kevin R. Sweazea. Show Cause Response due by November 13, 2020. (atc)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
No. CV 20-00289 MV/KRS
SANTA FE ADULT DETENTION CENTER,
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
THIS MATTER is before the Court sua sponte. Plaintiff Sean Lloyd is an incarcerated
prisoner. He filed a Civil Rights Complaint. (Doc. 1). Lloyd’s Complaint was not in proper form
and he did not submit an application to proceed under § 1915 or pay the filing fee for this case.
On May 5, 2020, the Court ordered him to cure the deficiencies by submitting a complaint in
proper form and either paying the filing fee or submitting an application to proceed in forma
pauperis. (Doc. 3). Lloyd then submitted his Amended Complaint and an Application to Proceed
Under 28 U.S.C. § 1915 (Doc. 4, 5). The Court granted the application to proceed in forma
pauperis on July 15, 2020. (Doc. 7). The Court also required Plaintiff Lloyd to make an initial
partial payment of $10.00 or show cause why he should not be required to make the payment
within 30 days of entry of the Order. (Doc. 7 at 2).
Lloyd responded that he had not received money from his family and was unable to pay
the $10.00 at the current time. (Doc. 8). The inmate account statement submitted with his
application shows that Lloyd had an account balance sufficient to pay the initial partial payment,
but spends his money on commissary purchases. (Doc. 5 at 3-4). See Shabazz v. Parsons, 127
F.3d 1246, 1248-49 (10th Cir. 1997). “[W]hen a prisoner has the means to pay an initial partial
filing fee and instead spends his money on amenities at the prison canteen or commissary, he
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should not be excused for failing to pay the initial partial filing fee.” Baker v. Suthers, 9 F. App’x
947. 949 (10th Cir. 2001).
More than 30 days has elapsed since entry of the Order and Plaintiff Lloyd has not paid the
$10.00 initial partial payment or shown cause why he should be relieved of the obligation to pay.
When a prisoner is granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis, § 1915 provides:
“The court shall assess and, when funds exist, collect, as a partial payment
of any court fees required by law, an initial partial filing fee of 20 percent
of the greater of (A) the average monthly deposits to the prisoner’s account;
or (B) the average monthly balance in the prisoner’s account for the 6-month
period immediately preceding the filing of the complaint or notice of appeal.”
28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1) (emphasis added). Plaintiff Lloyd was ordered to make the required partial
payment under § 1915(b)(1) or show cause why the payment should be excused but has failed to
comply with the Court’s Order.
The Court may dismiss an action under Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b) for failure to prosecute, to
comply with the rules of civil procedure, or to comply with court orders. See Olsen v. Mapes, 333
F.3d 1199, 1204, n.3 (10th Cir. 2003). The Court will require Plaintiff Lloyd to show cause, within
30 days of entry of this Order, why this action should not be dismissed for non-compliance with
the Court’s July 15, 2020 Order. Failure to show cause or otherwise respond to this Order may
result in dismissal of this case without further notice.
IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff Sean Lloyd show cause, within 30 days of entry of this
Order, why this case should not be dismissed for failure to comply with the Court’s July 15, 2020
KEVIN R. SWEAZEA
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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