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Anderson v. Moore

United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee, Western Division

January 8, 2015

ARMANDO Q. ANDERSON, Plaintiff,
v.
ROBERT MOORE, ET AL., Defendants.

ORDER DIRECTING PLAINTIFF TO FILE A NON-PRISONER IN FORMA PAUPERIS AFFIDAVIT OR PAY THE $400 CIVIL FILING FEE

JAMES D. TODD UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

On October 3, 2014, Plaintiff Armando Q. Anderson, who was, at the time, incarcerated at the Shelby County Criminal Justice Complex (“Jail”) in Memphis, Tennessee, filed a pro se complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and a motion to proceed in forma pauperis. (ECF Nos. 1 & 2.) After Plaintiff submitted all of the required documents, the Court issued an order on October 20, 2014, granting leave to proceed in forma pauperis and assessing the civil filing fee pursuant to the Prison Litigation Reform Act (“PRLA”), 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915(a)-(b). (ECF No. 6.) However, on December 15, 2014, Plaintiff notified the Clerk that he had been released from the Jail and provided his current address. (ECF No. 8.)

Under the PLRA, 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b), a prisoner bringing a civil action must pay the filing fee required by 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a). The statute merely provides the prisoner the opportunity to make a “downpayment” of a partial filing fee and pay the remainder in installments. In this case, no portion of the filing fee was paid prior to Plaintiff’s release from the Jail. Under these circumstances, the Sixth Circuit has held that, “[a]fter release, the obligation to pay the remainder of the fees is to be determined solely on the question of whether the released individual qualifies for pauper status.” McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601, 613 (6th Cir. 1997), partially overruled on other grounds by LaFountain v. Harry, 716 F.3d 944, 951 (6th Cir. 2013). Therefore, Plaintiff is ORDERED to submit either a non-prisoner in forma pauperis affidavit or the entire $400 filing fee[1] within thirty (30) days after the date of this order. The Clerk shall mail Plaintiff a copy of the non-prisoner in forma pauperis affidavit form along with this order.

Failure to comply with this order in a timely manner will result in the dismissal of this action without further notice for failure to prosecute, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b).

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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