Wilson v. Noel
ORDER: The Clerk is directed to TRANSFER this case to the United States District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division at Salt Lake City, Utah. Signed by District Judge Aleta A. Trauger on 8/1/14. (xc:Pro se party by regular and certified mail.)(DOCKET TEXT SUMMARY ONLY-ATTORNEYS MUST OPEN THE PDF AND READ THE ORDER.)(af)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
TIMOTHY SCOTT WILSON
SHERIFF CAMERON NOEL
The Court is in receipt of a pro se prisoner complaint (Docket Entry No. 1) under 42 U.S.C.
§ 1983 and an application to proceed in forma pauperis (Docket Entry No. 2).
The plaintiff is an inmate at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex in Pikeville,
Tennessee. It appears from his application that he lacks sufficient financial resources from which
to pay the fee required to file the complaint. Therefore, the plaintiff’s application to proceed in
forma pauperis is hereby GRANTED. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). However, process shall not issue at this
The plaintiff is hereby ASSESSED the civil filing fee of $350.00. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §
1915(b)(1)(A) and (B), the custodian of the plaintiff's inmate trust account at the institution where
he now resides is directed to submit to the Clerk of Court, as an initial partial payment, whichever
is greater of:
(a) twenty percent (20%) of the average monthly deposits to the plaintiff's inmate trust
(b) twenty percent (20%) of the average monthly balance in the plaintiff's inmate trust
account for the prior six (6) months.
Thereafter, the custodian shall submit twenty percent (20%) of the plaintiff's preceding
monthly income (or income credited to the plaintiff's trust account for the preceding month), but
only when such monthly income exceeds ten dollars ($10.00), until the full filing fee of three
hundred fifty dollars ($350.00) as authorized under 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a) has been paid to the Clerk
of Court. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2).
The plaintiff brings this action against Cameron Noel, Sheriff of Beaver County, Utah,
alleging that the defendant assaulted him without provocation earlier this year.
Venue for a civil rights action is governed by 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b). That provision requires
that an action, such as the instant case, be brought only in (1) a judicial district where any defendant
resides, if all defendants reside in the same state, (2) a judicial district in which a substantial part of
the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred, or a substantial part of the property that
is the subject of the action is situated, or (3) a judicial district in which the defendants are subject
to personal jurisdiction at the time that the action is commenced, if there is no district in which the
action may otherwise be brought.
In this case, the defendant presumably resides in Beaver County, Utah. The plaintiff’s claim
arose in Beaver County, Utah. Since Beaver County lies within the District of Utah, 28 U.S.C. §
125(2), venue for this action properly belongs in that judicial district.
Accordingly, the Clerk is directed to TRANSFER this case to the United States District
Court for the District of Utah, Central Division at Salt Lake City, Utah. 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a). The
Clerk is further instructed to send a copy of this order to the Warden of the Bledsoe County
Correctional Complex to ensure that the custodian of the plaintiff's inmate trust account complies
with that portion of the Prison Litigation Reform Act relating to the payment of the filing fee.
It is so ORDERED.
Aleta A. Trauger
United States District Judge
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