Johnson, George v. Ward, L.C.

Filing 6

ORDER on ifp request: Initial partial filing fee of $ 46.77 assessed. (Initial partial filing fee due 4/23/2015.) Signed by Magistrate Judge Peter A. Oppeneer on 3/31/2015. (jef),(ps)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN GEORGE JOHNSON, Plaintiff, ORDER v. Case No. 15-cv-137-wmc L.C. WARD, Defendant. Plaintiff George Johnson has submitted a certified inmate trust fund account statement for the six month period preceding his complaint. Accordingly, the court must determine whether plaintiff qualifies for indigent status and, if so, calculate an initial partial payment of the $350.00 fee for filing this case. In determining whether a prisoner litigant qualifies for indigent status this court applies the formula set forth in 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). Using information for the relevant time period from plaintiff’s trust fund account statement, I calculate plaintiff’s initial partial filing fee to be $46.77. For this case to proceed, plaintiff must submit this amount on or before April 23, 2015. If plaintiff does not have the money to make the initial partial payment from plaintiff’s regular account, plaintiff will have to arrange with prison authorities to pay some or all of the assessment from plaintiff’s release account. Before prison officials take any portion of that amount from plaintiff’s release account, they may first take from plaintiff’s regular account whatever amount up to the full amount plaintiff owes. ORDER IT IS ORDERED that, 1. Plaintiff George Johnson is assessed $46.77 as an initial partial payment of the $350.00 fee for filing this case. Plaintiff is to submit a check or money order made payable to the clerk of court in the amount of $46.77 or advise the court in writing why plaintiff is not able to submit the assessed amount on or before April 23, 2015. 2. If, by April 23, 2015, plaintiff fails to make the initial partial payment or show cause for failure to do so, plaintiff will be held to have withdrawn this action voluntarily and the case will be closed without prejudice to plaintiff's filing his case at a later date. 3. No further action will be taken in this case until the clerk’s office receives plaintiff’s initial partial filing fee as directed above and the court has screened the complaint as required by the PLRA, 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. Once the screening process is complete, a separate order will issue. Entered this 31st day of March, 2015. BY THE COURT: /s/ PETER OPPENEER Magistrate Judge 2

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