Anderson, Tracy v. Pollard, William et al
ORDER denying 4 Motion for Use of Release Account Funds to pay the entire filing fee. Initial partial filing fee due 1/19/2016. Signed by Magistrate Judge Peter A. Oppeneer on 12/28/2015. (jef),(ps)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
Case No. 15-cv-785- wmc
WILLIAM POLLARD, et al.
Plaintiff Tracy Anderson has submitted a certified inmate trust fund account
statement for the six month period preceding the complaint in support of the pending
motion to proceed without prepayment of the filing fee.
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.
Even when a prisoner litigant qualifies for indigent status, the litigant must pay a
portion of the fee returned by the formula set forth in 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1).
information for the relevant time period from plaintiff’s trust fund account statement, I
calculate plaintiff’s initial partial filing fee to be $157.12. For this case to proceed, plaintiff
must submit this amount on or before January 19, 2016.
If plaintiff does not have enough money to make the initial partial payment from
plaintiff’s regular account, plaintiff should arrange with authorities to pay the remainder from
plaintiff’s release account.
With the complaint, plaintiff also filed a request to use release account funds to pay
the entire fee for filing this case. (Dkt. #4). However, with the exception of initial partial
payments, federal courts lack the authority to tell state officials whether and to what extent a
prisoner should be able to withdraw money from a release account. Plaintiff cannot use the
release account funds to pay the entire balance of the $350.00 filing fee, and so plaintiff’s
request will be denied.
IT IS ORDERED that,
Plaintiff Tracy Anderson is assessed $157.12 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 $157.12 or advise the court in writing why
plaintiff is not able to submit the assessed amount on or before January 19, 2016.
Plaintiff Tracy Anderson’s motion for use of release account funds to pay the
entire filing fee in this case (Dkt. #4) is DENIED.
If, by January 19, 2016, 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show cause for failure to do so, plaintiff will be held to have withdrawn this action voluntarily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 this case at a later date.
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 Prisoner Litigation Reform Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2).
screening process is complete, a separate order will issue.
Entered this 28th day of December, 2015.
BY THE COURT:
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