United States District Court, W.D. Tennessee, Western Division
January 20, 2015
JULIAN FRANKLIN CARTER, II a/k/a WILLIE T. MOORE, Plaintiff,
STATE OF TENNESSEE, ET AL., Defendants.
ORDER DISMISSING CASE WITHOUT PREJUDICE AND ASSESSING $400 CIVIL FILING FEE
JAMES D. TODD, District Judge.
On August 25, 2014, Plaintiff Julian Franklin Carter, II a/k/a Willie Ervin Moore, Tennessee Department of Correction prisoner number 219268, an inmate at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary ("WTSP") in Henning, Tennessee, filed a pro se complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, accompanied by a copy of his inmate trust account statement. (ECF Nos. 1 & 2.) Plaintiff is a three-strike filer under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). In an order issued on December 12, 2014, the Court denied leave to proceed in forma pauperis because the complaint did not satisfy the imminent danger exception to § 1915(g) and directed Plaintiff to pay the $400 civil filing fee within 30 days. (ECF No. 4.) The order further stated that "[f]ailure to do so will result in the assessment of the filing fee from Plaintiff's inmate trust account without regard to the installment procedures and dismissal of this action for failure to prosecute." ( Id. at 4.)
On December 19, 2014, Plaintiff filed a motion for reconsideration of the order denying leave to proceed in forma pauperis and for leave to amend (ECF No. 5), which the Court denied on December 31, 2014 (ECF No. 6). The Court also advised that "[t]his order does not extend Plaintiff's time to pay the civil filing fee, which is due on or before January 12, 2015." ( Id. at 2.)
To date, Plaintiff has not paid the civil filing fee, and the time within which to do so has expired. Therefore, this case is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE pursuant to Rule 41(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Notwithstanding the dismissal of this action, the Court is still required to assess the civil filing fee, since the responsibility for paying the filing fee accrues at the time a complaint is filed. McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601, 607 (6th Cir. 1997), partially overruled on other grounds by LaFountain v. Harry, 716 F.3d 944, 951 (6th Cir. 2013); cf. In re Alea, 286 F.3d 378, 381-82 (6th Cir. 2002) (dismissal of civil action filed by prisoner pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g) did not obviate the obligation to pay the filing fee).
It is ORDERED that Plaintiff cooperate fully with prison officials in carrying out this order. It is further ORDERED that the trust fund officer at Plaintiff's prison shall withdraw from Plaintiff's trust fund account the sum of $400 and forward that amount to the Clerk of this Court. If the funds in Plaintiff's account are insufficient to pay the full amount of the civil filing fee, the prison official is instructed to withdraw all of the funds in Plaintiff's account and forward them to the Clerk of Court. On each occasion that funds are subsequently credited to Plaintiff's account, the prison official shall immediately withdraw those funds and forward them to the Clerk of Court, until the civil filing fee is paid in full. The trust fund officer is not required to remit any balance less than $10, unless that amount would constitute the final installment of the civil filing fee, provided that any balance under $10 is held in custody for purposes of paying the civil filing fee in this action and is promptly remitted to the Clerk when sufficient funds are deposited into Plaintiff's account to bring the balance to $10.
Each time that the trust fund officer makes a payment to the Court as required by this order, he shall print a copy of the prisoner's account statement showing all activity in the account since the last payment under this order and file it with the Clerk along with the payment. All payments and account statements shall be sent to:
Clerk, United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee 167 N. Main St., Room 242, Memphis, TN 38103
and shall clearly identify Plaintiff's name and the case number on the first page of this order.
If Plaintiff is transferred to a different prison or released, he is ORDERED to notify the Court immediately of his change of address. If still confined, he shall provide the officials at the new prison with a copy of this order.
The Clerk shall mail a copy of this order to the prison official in charge of prison trust fund accounts at Plaintiff's prison. The Clerk is further ORDERED to forward a copy of this order to the Warden of the WTSP to ensure that the custodian of Plaintiff's inmate trust account complies with that portion of the PLRA pertaining to the payment of filing fees.
IT IS SO ORDERED.