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McFarland v. Bond

United States District Court, W.D. Tennessee, Eastern Division

January 7, 2015

KENNETH ERIC McFARLAND, Plaintiff,
v.
MELVIN BOND, ET AL., Defendants.

ORDER DIRECTING PLAINTIFF TO SIGN HIS COMPLAINT AND TO FILE AN IN FORMA PAUPERIS AFFIDAVIT OR PAY THE FULL $400 CIVIL FILING FEE

JAMES D. TODD, District Judge.

On October 15, 2014, Plaintiff, Kenneth Eric McFarland, an inmate at the Haywood County Justice Complex in Brownsville, Tennessee, filed a pro se complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. (ECF No. 1.) Rule 11(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides that "[e]very pleading, written motion, and other paper must be signed by at least one attorney of record in the attorney's name-or by a party personally if the party is unrepresented.... The court must strike an unsigned paper unless the omission is promptly corrected after being called to the attorney's or party's attention." Plaintiff's complaint is not signed. ( See id. at PageID 3.) Plaintiff is ORDERED to submit a signed version of his complaint within twenty-eight days after the date of this order. Should he fail to do so, the Court will strike the unsigned pleading and will dismiss the action without prejudice for failure to prosecute, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b).

Under the Prison Litigation Reform Act ("PLRA"), 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915(a)-(b), a prisoner bringing a civil action must pay the filing fee required by 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a).[1] The PLRA merely provides the prisoner the opportunity to make a "down payment" of a partial filing fee and pay the remainder in installments. McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601, 604 (6th Cir. 1997), partially overruled on other grounds by LaFountain v. Harry, 716 F.3d 944, 951 (6th Cir. 2013). However, in order to take advantage of the installment procedures, the prisoner must complete and submit to the district court, along with the complaint, an in forma pauperis affidavit and a certified copy of his inmate trust account statement for the last six months. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(2). Plaintiff has neither paid the civil filing fee nor submitted an in forma pauperis affidavit and a copy of his trust account statement for the last six months.

Therefore, the Plaintiff is ORDERED to submit, within 30 days after the date of this order, either the entire $400 civil filing fee or a properly completed and executed application to proceed in forma pauperis and a certified copy of his inmate trust account statement for the last six months. The Clerk is directed to mail Plaintiff a copy of the prisoner in forma pauperis affidavit form along with this order. If Plaintiff needs additional time to submit the necessary documents, he may, within 30 days after the date of this order, file a motion for an extension of time.

If Plaintiff timely submits the necessary documents and the Court finds that he is indeed indigent, the Court will grant leave to proceed in forma pauperis and assess only a $350 filing fee in accordance with the installment procedures of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b). However, if Plaintiff fails to comply with this order in a timely manner the Court will deny leave to proceed in forma pauperis, assess the entire $400 filing fee from his inmate trust account without regard to the installment payment procedures, and dismiss the action without further notice for failure to prosecute, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b). McGore, 114 F.3d at 605.[2]

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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