Cochran v. Producer & Manager of "Pop Smoke"
ORDER DIRECTING PRISONER AUTHORIZATION: Plaintiff is directed to submit a completed and signed Prisoner Authorization Form to this Court's Pro Se Office within thirty (30) days of the date of this Order. The Clerk of Court is directed to assign this matter to my docket. The Court certifies, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1915(a)(3), that any appeal from this Order would not be taken in good faith, and therefore in forma pauperis status is denied for the purpose of an appeal. See Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 444-45 (1962). Prisoner Authorization Form due by 10/7/2021. (Signed by Judge Laura Taylor Swain on 9/7/2021) (Attachments: #1 prisoner authorization) (keb) Transmission to Docket Assistant Clerk for processing.
Case 1:21-cv-07470-LTS Document 3 Filed 09/07/21 Page 1 of 2
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
JOSEPH MELVIN COCHRAN,
-againstJOHNATHAN SMOKE, Producer & Manager
of Pop Smoke,
ORDER DIRECTING PRISONER
LAURA TAYLOR SWAIN, Chief United States District Judge:
Plaintiff, who is currently detained at Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward, brings this action
pro se. 1 To proceed with a civil action in this Court, a prisoner must either pay $402.00 in fees –
a $350.00 filing fee plus a $52.00 administrative fee – or, to request permission to proceed
without prepayment of fees, submit a signed IFP application and a prisoner authorization. See 28
U.S.C. §§ 1914, 1915.
If the Court grants a prisoner’s IFP application, the Prison Litigation Reform Act requires
the Court to collect the $350.00 filing fee in installments deducted from the prisoner’s account.
See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). A prisoner seeking to proceed in this Court without prepayment of
fees must therefore also authorize the Court to withdraw these payments from his account by
filing a “prisoner authorization,” which directs the facility where the prisoner is incarcerated to
deduct the $350.00 filing fee 2 from the prisoner’s account in installments and to send to this
Plaintiff states that he is at Bellevue Hospital as of the time that he submitted the
complaint. According to the New York City Department of Correction online prisoner locator,
Plaintiff is currently at the Anna M. Kross Center. The Court will therefore send the order to both
The $52.00 administrative fee for filing a civil action does not apply to persons granted
IFP status under 28 U.S.C. § 1915.
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Court certified copies of the prisoner’s account statements for the past six months. See 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(a)(2), (b).
Plaintiff submitted an IFP application but did not submit a prisoner authorization. Within
thirty days of the date of this order, Plaintiff must either pay the $402.00 in fees or complete and
submit the attached prisoner authorization. If Plaintiff submits the prisoner authorization, it
should be labeled with docket number 21-CV-7470 (LTS). 3
The Clerk of Court is directed to mail a copy of this order to Plaintiff at Bellevue
Hospital Prison Ward and at the Anna M. Kross Center and to note service on the docket. No
summons shall issue at this time. If Plaintiff fails to comply with this order within the time
allowed, the action will be dismissed without prejudice.
The Court certifies under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3) that any appeal from this order would
not be taken in good faith, and therefore in forma pauperis status is denied for the purpose of an
appeal. Cf. Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 444–45 (1962) (holding that appellant
demonstrates good faith when seeking review of a nonfrivolous issue).
September 7, 2021
New York, New York
/s/ Laura Taylor Swain
LAURA TAYLOR SWAIN
Chief United States District Judge
Plaintiff is cautioned that if a prisoner files an action that is dismissed as frivolous,
malicious, or for failing to state a claim, the dismissal is a “strike” under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). A
prisoner who receives three “strikes” cannot file actions in forma pauperis as a prisoner, unless
he is under imminent danger of serious physical injury, and must pay the filing fee at the time of
filing any new action.
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