Kister v. Southeast Ohio Regional Jail et al

Filing 4

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS that Plaintiff's 1 MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis be DENIED and that he be required to pay the filing fee w/in seven (7) days of adoption. Objections to R&R due by 6/18/2021. Signed by Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Jolson on 6/4/2021. (kk2)(This document has been sent by regular mail to the party(ies) listed in the NEF that did not receive electronic notification)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO EASTERN DIVISION CHADWICK KISTER, Case No. 2:21-cv-2278 Judge Edmund A. Sargus Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Jolson Plaintiff, v. SOUTHEAST OHIO REGIONAL JAIL, et al., Defendants. REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION On May 5, 2021, Plaintiff filed a motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). (Doc. 1). Upon review, the Court found Plaintiff’s Motion deficient and ordered him to file a properly completed motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis on or before June 4, 2021. (Doc. 2). On May 25, 2021, Plaintiff attached a properly completed motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis to his Motion to Arrest Jail Warden (see Doc. 3-1). The Supreme Court, in Adkins v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Inc., set forth the legal standard applicable to a motion to proceed in forma pauperis. 335 U.S. 331 (1948). An affidavit of poverty is sufficient if it reflects that the plaintiff cannot pay the court’s filing fee without depriving himself the “necessities of life.” Id. at 339 (internal quotation marks omitted). Although the plaintiff need not be totally destitute in order to proceed in forma pauperis, paying the filing fee must be more than a mere hardship. See Foster v. Cuyahoga Dep’t of Health & Human Servs., 21 F. App’x 239, 240 (6th Cir. 2001) (noting that “the question is whether the court costs can be paid without undue hardship”). Consequently, unless it is clear that the one-time payment of the court’s filing fee will render the plaintiff unable to provide for himself, the court cannot grant her in forma pauperis status. See Adkins, 335 U.S. at 339. In his affidavit, Plaintiff attests that he is currently self-employed but earns no income. (Doc. 3-1 at 1). However, he represents that he has almost $2,000 “in cash or in a checking or savings account[,]” as well as owning property valued at $30,000. (Id. at 2). While Plaintiff does have a few debt obligations (see id. at 3 (detailing two credit card payments)), none of these are overly onerous given his savings and property assets. (Id.). Based on these representations, it does not appear that paying the one-time filing fee would cause Plaintiff to be deprived the necessities of life. See Adkins, 335 U.S. at 339; see also Bush v. Ohio Dep’t of Rehab. & Corr., No. 2:05-CV-0667, 2007 WL 4365381, at *1 (S.D. Ohio Dec. 10, 2007) (noting that “[i]n forma pauperis status is usually reserved either for indigent prisoners or for persons who subsist on small fixed-income payments such as social security, unemployment compensation, or public assistance and who would truly be required to forego food, shelter, clothing, or some other necessity were they to devote any of their scant resources to paying a judicial filing fee”). Accordingly, it is RECOMMENDED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. 1) be DENIED. If this recommendation is adopted, it is further RECOMMENDED that Plaintiff be required to pay the filing fee within seven (7) days of adoption. Procedure on Objections If any party objects to this Report and Recommendation, that party may, within fourteen (14) days of the date of this Report, file and serve on all parties written objections to those specific proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made, together with supporting authority for the objection(s). A Judge of this Court shall make a de novo determination of those 2 portions of the Report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made. Upon proper objections, a Judge of this Court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made herein, may receive further evidence or may recommit this matter to the Magistrate Judge with instructions. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). The parties are specifically advised that failure to object to the Report and Recommendation will result in a waiver of the right to have the District Judge review the Report and Recommendation de novo, and also operates as a waiver of the right to appeal the decision of the District Court adopting the Report and Recommendation. See Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140 (1985); United States v. Walters, 638 F.2d 947 (6th Cir. 1981). IT IS SO ORDERED. Date: June 4, 2021 /s/Kimberly A. Jolson KIMBERLY A. JOLSON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 3

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