December 6, 2013
BEAUFORD WILMER WINTERS, Plaintiff,
BAKER, Sgt. (of the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution), BALLUE, Cpl, SANFORD, Cpl., and HERREA, & Cpl. (of the Tecumseh Stat Correctional Institution), Defendants.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
LYLE E. STROM, Senior District Judge.
This matter is before the Court on plaintiff's Motion for Copies (Filing No. 15). Plaintiff does not have the right to receive copies of documents without payment, even if the Court granted him leave to proceed in forma pauperis. 28 U.S.C. § 1915; see also Haymes v. Smith , 73 F.R.D. 572, 574 (W.D.N.Y. 1976) ("The generally recognized rule is that a court may not authorize the commitment of federal funds to underwrite the necessary expenditures of an indigent civil litigant's action.") (citing Tyler v. Lark , 472 F.2d 1077 (8th Cir. 1973), other citations omitted). If plaintiff requires copies of Court documents, he should contact the clerk of the court to determine the proper method of requesting and paying for copies.
In his motion, plaintiff also indicates that he would like defendants to produce certain items in discovery (Filing No. 15). However, defendants have not yet been served with plaintiff's complaint and this Court has not permitted discovery in this matter. ( See Docket Sheet.) Accordingly, plaintiff's motion, to the extent he seeks to compel discovery, will be denied.
IT IS ORDERED that plaintiff's Motion for Copies (Filing No. 15) is denied.