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Paul Castonguay, Sr v. Jack Taff

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA


March 12, 2013

PAUL CASTONGUAY, SR.,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
JACK TAFF, AND CATHY TAFF, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Laurie Smith Camp Chief United States District Judge

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

This matter is before the court on Plaintiff's Notice of Appeal. (Filing No. 29.) Plaintiff has not paid the appellate filing fee and has filed a Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis ("IFP"). (Filing No. 30.) For the reasons discussed below, Plaintiff will not be permitted to appeal unless he pays the appellate filing fee.

On March 19, 2012, Plaintiff filed a Motion for Clarification regarding his filing fees. (Filing No. 27.) The court granted this Motion, explaining that 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2) requires monthly payments of 20 percent in each of his cases where a filing fee balance remains outstanding. (Filing No. 28.) Plaintiff subsequently filed a Notice of Appeal and a Motion for Leave to Proceed IFP. (Filing No. 29 and 30.)

Under the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g), a prisoner may not proceed in forma pauperis in a civil action, or on an appeal of a judgment in a civil action, if the prisoner has, on three or more occasions, while incarcerated, brought an action or appeal in federal court that was dismissed on the grounds that it is frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). An exception is made for prisoners who are under imminent danger of serious physical injury. Id. The court has determined that Plaintiff brought three cases,*fn1 while incarcerated, that were dismissed because they failed to state a claim upon which relief could be granted.*fn2

Plaintiff has not shown that these cases state a claim upon which relief may be granted, nor has he shown that he faces any danger of physical injury. Thus, Plaintiff is not entitled to proceed IFP on appeal. Moreover, Plaintiff has not paid the $455.00 filing fee, and his appeal cannot be processed.

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that:

1. Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to Proceed IFP (Filing No. 30) is denied;

2. The Clerk of the court shall not process the appeal to the Eighth Circuit; and

3. The Clerk of the court is directed to forward a copy of this Memorandum and Order to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

BY THE COURT:

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