Gethers v. Davis
ORDER directing Clerk not to authorize service and advising plaintiff to notify Clerk in writing of any change of address. Plaintiff has incurred a debt to the U.S.A. in the amount of $350.00. Signed by Magistrate Judge Kaymani D West on 10/15/2015. (mcot, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Herman M. Gethers,
Ms. Kaydria Davis,
C/A No. 4:15-cv-03614-BHH-KDW
This is a civil action filed by a state prisoner. Therefore, in the event that a limitations
issue arises, Plaintiff shall have the benefit of the holding in Houston v. Lack, 487 U.S. 266
(1988) (prisoner’s pleading was filed at the moment of delivery to prison authorities for
forwarding to district court). Under Local Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2) (D.S.C.), pretrial proceedings
in this action have been referred to the assigned United States Magistrate Judge.
PAYMENT OF THE FILING FEE:
By filing this case, Plaintiff has incurred a debt to the United States of America in the
amount of $350.* See 28 U.S.C. § 1914. This debt is not dischargeable in the event Plaintiff
seeks relief under the bankruptcy provisions of the United States Code. See 11 U.S.C. §
523(a)(17). The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) of 1996 permits a prisoner to file a civil
action without prepayment of fees or security, but requires the prisoner “to pay the full amount
of the filing fee” as funds are available. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a), (b). Because the court hereafter
grants Plaintiff permission to proceed in forma pauperis, the agency having custody of Plaintiff
shall collect payments from Plaintiff’s prisoner trust account in accordance with 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(b)(1) and (2), until the full $350 filing fee is paid. See Torres v. O’Quinn, 612 F.3d
237, 252 (4th Cir. 2010) (“We hold that 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2) caps the amount of funds that
may be withdrawn from an inmate’s trust account at a maximum of twenty percent regardless of
the number of cases or appeals the inmate has filed.”) (emphasis in original).
Plaintiff submitted an Application to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees and Affidavit
(Form AO 240) and a Financial Certificate, which are construed as a Motion for Leave to
Proceed in forma pauperis. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(1), (2). A review of the Motion reveals that
Plaintiff does not have the funds to pay the first installment of the filing fee. Therefore, the
amount due from Plaintiff is currently $350.
Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis is granted.
Effective May 1, 2013, an administrative fee of $50 is added to the filing fee of $350. The $50
administrative fee, however, is not applicable to in forma pauperis cases.
TO THE CLERK OF COURT:
This case is subject to summary dismissal based on an initial screening conducted
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915 and/or 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. Therefore, the Clerk of Court shall not
issue any summonses nor shall the Clerk of Court forward this matter to the United States
Marshal for service of process at this time.
The Clerk of Court shall not enter any change of address submitted by Plaintiff which
directs that mail be sent to a person other than Plaintiff unless that person is an attorney admitted
to practice before this court who has entered a formal appearance.
Plaintiff must place the civil action number listed above on any document provided to the
court pursuant to this Order. Any future filings in this case must be sent to: Post Office Box
2317, Florence, South Carolina 29503. All documents requiring Plaintiff’s signature shall be
signed with Plaintiff’s full legal name written in Plaintiff’s own handwriting. Pro se litigants
shall not use the “s/typed name” format used in the Electronic Case Filing System. In all future
filings with this court, Plaintiff is directed to use letter-sized (8½ inches by 11 inches) paper
only, to write or type text on one side of a sheet of paper only and not to write or type on both
sides of any sheet of paper. Plaintiff is further instructed not to write to the edge of the paper, but
to maintain one inch margins on the top, bottom, and sides of each paper submitted.
Plaintiff is a pro se litigant. Plaintiff’s attention is directed to the following important
You are ordered to always keep the Clerk of Court advised in writing (Post
Office Box 2317, Florence, South Carolina 29503) if your address changes for
any reason, so as to assure that orders or other matters that specify deadlines for
you to meet will be received by you. If as a result of your failure to comply with
this Order, you fail to meet a deadline set by this court, your case may be
dismissed for violating this Order. Therefore, if you have a change of address
before this case is ended, you must comply with this Order by immediately
advising the Clerk of Court in writing of such change of address and providing the
court with the docket number of all pending cases you have filed with this court.
Your failure to do so will not be excused by the court.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
October 15, 2015
Florence, South Carolina
Kaymani D. West
United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiff’s attention is directed to the important warning on the next page.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ....PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
WARNING TO PRO SE PARTY OR NONPARTY FILERS
ALL DOCUMENTS THAT YOU FILE WITH THE COURT WILL BE AVAILABLE
TO THE PUBLIC ON THE INTERNET THROUGH PACER (PUBLIC ACCESS TO COURT
ELECTRONIC RECORDS) AND THE COURT’S ELECTRONIC CASE FILING SYSTEM.
CERTAIN PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION SHOULD NOT BE
INCLUDED IN OR SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM ALL DOCUMENTS BEFORE
YOU SUBMIT THE DOCUMENTS TO THE COURT FOR FILING.
Rule 5.2 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides for privacy protection of
electronic or paper filings made with the court. Rule 5.2 applies to ALL documents submitted for
filing, including pleadings, exhibits to pleadings, discovery responses, and any other document
submitted by any party or nonparty for filing. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, a party or
nonparty filer should not put certain types of an individual’s personal identifying information in
documents submitted for filing to any United States District Court. If it is necessary to file a
document that already contains personal identifying information, the personal identifying
information should be “blacked out” or redacted prior to submitting the document to the Clerk
of Court for filing. A person filing any document containing their own personal identifying
information waives the protection of Rule 5.2(a) by filing the information without redaction and
not under seal.
1. Personal information protected by Rule 5.2(a):
(a) Social Security and Taxpayer identification numbers. If an individual’s social security
number or a taxpayer identification number must be included in a document, the filer may
include only the last four digits of that number.
(b) Names of Minor Children. If the involvement of a minor child must be mentioned, the filer
may include only the initials of that child.
(c) Dates of Birth. If an individual’s date of birth must be included in a document, the filer may
include only the year of birth.
(d) Financial Account Numbers. If financial account numbers are relevant, the filer may
include only the last four digits of these numbers.
2. Protection of other sensitive personal information – such as driver’s license numbers and alien
registration numbers – may be sought under Rule 5.2(d)(filings made under seal) and (e)
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