Walker et al v. Hayden et al

Filing 12

Order on ifp request: Petitioners to submit TFAS statements for period beginning 7/1/07 and ending 1/1/08. Trust Fund Account Statements due by 3/4/2008. Signed by Judge Barbara B Crabb on 2/12/2008. (llj),(ps) Modified text on 2/12/2008 (Jensen, Lori).

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Walker et al v. Hayden et al Doc. 12 Case: 3:08-cv-00018-bbc Document #: 12 Filed: 02/12/2008 Page 1 of 4 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FO R THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN --------------------------------------------M A R C E L L O U S L. WALKER, DANIEL A R EN D S , FREDICK LEE PHARM, S H ER M E LL TABOR, EDWIN JONES, B R AN D E N SUSTMAN and JOSHUA ROGERS, ORDER Plaintiffs, 3 : 0 8 -c v-0 0 0 1 8 - b b c v. KEV IN R. HAYDEN, DHFS Secretary and BRYAN BARTOW, WRC Director, D efendan ts. --------------------------------------------P lain tiffs are a group of patients who have been civilly committed as "sexually violent perso ns" under Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 980. In this case, plaintiffs stated their intention to prosecute fifteen claims that were severed in accordance with George v. Smith, 50 7 F.3d 605 (7th Cir. 2007), from another case, Walker v. Hayden, 07-cv-675-bbc. H ow ever, because they advised the court that none of them has enough money to pay the fee for filing this case, I offered them the option of asking to proceed in forma pauperis. In an order entered on January 10, 2008, I told plaintiffs that a decision whether they 1 Dockets.Justia.com Case: 3:08-cv-00018-bbc Document #: 12 Filed: 02/12/2008 Page 2 of 4 m ay proceed in forma pauperis would be stayed until they submit resident trust fund acco un t statements for the period beginning approximately July 1, 2007 and ending app roxim ately January 1, 2008. I told plaintiffs also that any plaintiff who does not submit the required statement by January 31, 2008, or show cause for his failure to do so will be dism issed from this case. Now, instead of submitting resident trust fund account statements, each plaintiff has subm itted an "Affidavit of Indigency." In the affidavits, each plaintiff states that he is in stitu ti o n a li z e d ; that he does not own a home or other valuable property; that he is not em ployed; and that he does not receive from social security or any other source. Each states also that he has $10 or less presently in his patient account. Unfortunately, plaintiffs' averm ents that they are indigent and have minimal or no assets are not enough for me to co nclude that each of them is indigent. It is not entirely clear why plaintiffs disregarded my req uest that they submit resident trust fund account statements for the most recent six-m onth period and instead provided the affidavits they did. Perhaps plaintiffs believe that b ecau se they are not prisoners, they are not subject to the Prison Litigation Reform Act and thus are not required to submit trust fund account statements. However, in determining whether an institutionalized person who is not subject to th e PLRA is eligible for pauper status, it is my practice to apply the formula set out in 28 U .S.C . 1915(b)(1), as was approved by the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2 Case: 3:08-cv-00018-bbc Document #: 12 Filed: 02/12/2008 Page 3 of 4 Lon gbehn v. United States, 169 F.3d 1082, (7th Cir. 1999). The formula cannot be com puted from the affidavits plaintiffs provided because they do not show all the deposits m ade to plaintiffs' institution accounts for the required six-month period. This means I cannot calculate what portion of the filing fee each plaintiff may be able to pay, if any, by lo o kin g at their average monthly balances and average monthly deposits and collecting 20% of the greater of these two figures. Because plaintiffs have not complied with this court's directive in the January 10 o rd er, I will allow each of them one more opportunity to submit the statements. If any plaintiff fails to provide his statement, I will assume that he wishes to withdraw from this action voluntarily and he will no longer be considered a party to the case. ORDER IT IS ORDERED that a decision whether plaintiffs may proceed in forma pauperis is STAYED until March 4, 2008, by which date plaintiffs must submit resident trust fund acco un t statements for the period beginning approximately July 1, 2007 and ending appro xim ately January 1, 2008. If, by March 4, 2008, any one or more of the plaintiffs fails to submit the required statement, that plaintiff will be considered to have withdrawn from 3 Case: 3:08-cv-00018-bbc Document #: 12 Filed: 02/12/2008 Page 4 of 4 the lawsuit voluntarily and will be dismissed from the case. Entered this 12t h day of February, 2008. B Y THE COURT: /s/ _ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ B AR B AR A B. CRABB D istrict Judge 4

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