Buie v. Haffman et al
ORDER signed by Judge Pamela Pepper on 10/10/2017. By 11/6/2017, plaintiff to provide the court with copy of trust account statement for any months incarcerated between May 2017 and September 2017; failure to file will result in dismissal without pr ejudice for failure to prosecute. If plaintiff wishes to proceed without paying filing fee, he is to complete and return EDWI Non-Prisoner Request with copy of prison trust account statement. 6 Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction DENIED as moot. (cc: all counsel, via mail to Asua Buie) (cb)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
Case No. 17-cv-0738-pp
ORDER REQUIRING THE PLAINTIFF TO FILE HIS TRUST FUND ACCOUNT
STATEMENT, ALLOWING HIM TO FILE A NON-PRISONER REQUEST TO
PROCEED IN DISTRICT COURT WITHOUT PREPAYING THE FILING FEE
FORM, AND DENYING MOTION FOR TEMPORARY
INJUNCTION (DKT. NO. 6)
On May 25, 2017, the plaintiff filed this complaint; he was incarcerated
at the Milwaukee County House of Corrections. Dkt. No. 1. Along with his
complaint, the plaintiff filed a motion for leave to proceed without prepayment
of the filing fee and a prisoner trust fund account statement. Dkt. Nos. 2, 3.
Two months later, he filed a motion for a temporary injunction. Dkt. No. 6. Two
days later, the clerk mailed the plaintiff a letter, advising him that the prison
trust fund account statement he had submitted did not provide the information
required by the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), 28 U.S.C. §1915(b), and
thus that the court could not calculate the initial partial filing fee. Dkt. No. 7.
The letter asked the plaintiff to file his statement for the period February 2017
through July 2017. Id.
As of today’s date, the plaintiff has not filed an updated trust fund
account statement. On September 26, 2017, however, the court did receive a
notice of change of address from the plaintiff; the new address appears to be a
private residence, and thus it appears that the plaintiff has been released from
the House of Corrections. Dkt. Entry dated Sept. 26, 2017.
The question of whether a case is controlled by the PLRA for purposes of
payment of an initial partial filing fee is determined by whether the litigant was
incarcerated at the time he filed his complaint. See Robbins v. Switzer, 104
F.3d 895, 898 (7th Cir. 1997) (holding that prisoner released after commencing
appeal was subject to PLRA initial partial filing fee provision even if though
litigant no longer had a prison trust fund account in light of his release).
“Under the [PLRA], release does not eliminate an obligation that could and
should have been met from the trust account while imprisonment continued.”
Id. at 899. If a plaintiff is released while his case is pending, however, he is
eligible to file a motion to proceed in forma pauperis; if he qualifies for relief
under 28 U.S.C. §1915(a), he would not have to pay the remainder of the initial
partial filing fee. Id. at 898.
Because the plaintiff was incarcerated at the time he filed this case, he
must provide the court with a copy of his trust fund account statement for the
the past six months (May 2017 through September 2017). If the plaintiff was
not incarcerated for that entire time, he must provide the court with his final
trust fund account statement, including balances and transactions for the
months during that period that he was incarcerated. If the court is correct and
the plaintiff no longer is in custody, he may complete the enclosed NonPrisoner Request to Proceed in District Court without Prepaying the Filing Fee
form and send it back to the court. The court will review it; if the court agrees
that he qualifies, the court will waive the requirement that the plaintiff pay the
remaining balance of the initial partial filing fee.
Temporary Injunctive Relief
On July 24, 2017, the court received a motion from the plaintiff, asking
the court either to require the defendants to provide him with meals that
conform to his religious tenets or to order his transfer to a correctional facility
capable of accommodating his religious-based dietary restrictions. The
plaintiff’s recent release from the Milwaukee County House of Corrections
moots his motion for injunctive relief. See Higgason v. Farley, 83 F.3d 807, 811
(7th Cir. 1996) (“If a prisoner is transferred to another prison, his request for
injunctive relief against officials of the first prison is moot unless he can
demonstrate that he is likely to be retransferred.” (internal quotation marks
The court ORDERS that, no later than the end of the day on November
6, 2017, the plaintiff must provide the court with a copy of his trust account
statement for any months he was incarcerated between May 2017 and
September 2017. If the plaintiff fails to file a prison trust fund account
statement in time for the court to receive it by November 6, 2017, the court will
dismiss his case without prejudice for failure to prosecute. Civ. L.R. 41(c).
The court has enclosed a Non-Prisoner Request to Proceed in District
Court Without Prepaying the Filing fee form. If the plaintiff wishes the court to
consider allowing him to proceed without prepaying the filing fee, he must
complete the enclosed form and submit it along with his prison trust fund
The court ORDERS that the plaintiff’s motion for a temporary injunction
is DENIED as moot. Dkt. No. 6
Dated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this 10th day of October, 2017.
BY THE COURT:
HON. PAMELA PEPPER
United States District Court Judge
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