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Rhoden v. Powers

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


January 29, 2007

MARVIN RHODEN, PLAINTIFF,
v.
MARVIN POWERS, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Stiehl, District Judge

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

The Court previously granted Plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis, finding that he was indigent (see Docs. 2, 4). Since then, however, it has come to the Court's attention that Plaintiff is barred from proceeding as a pauper. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).*fn1

Plaintiff is well aware that he has had three or more prior prisoner actions dismissed on the grounds that they were frivolous, malicious, or failed to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. See, e.g., Rhoden v. Ahitow, Case No 94-cv-1201-JBM (C.D. Ill., filed April 25, 1994) (dismissed for failure to state a claim, June 1, 1995); Rhoden v. Welborn, Case No. 95-cv-107-JPG (S.D. Ill., filed Feb. 6, 1995) (dismissed as frivolous, May 16, 1995); Rhoden v. Detella, Case No. 95-cv-5013 (N.D. Ill., filed Dec. 8, 1995) (dismissed pursuant to former 28 U.S.C. § 1915(d), Dec. 8, 1995); Rhoden v. Allen, Case No. 95-cv-5674 (N.D. Ill, filed Dec. 10, 1995) (dismissed and strike counted, Aug. 18, 1997); Rhoden v. O'Leary, Case No. 95-cv-6908 (N.D. Ill., filed Feb. 8, 1996) (dismissed pursuant to former 28 U.S.C. § 1915(d), Feb. 8, 1996). See also Rhoden v. Detella, Case No. 98-cv-2877 (N.D. Ill., filed May 8, 1998) (order at Doc. 8, finding Rhoden has three strikes).

Not surprisingly, though, this information was conveniently omitted from his in forma pauperis motion (Doc. 2) and his complaint (Doc. 1).

The allegations in this action involve various aspects of Plaintiff's medical care, specifically continued problems with athlete's foot, as well as some pain near his lungs. This is not the first time that Plaintiff has complained about medical treatment for these conditions.*fn2 Further, the allegations present, at best, claims of medical negligence, and they do not support a finding that Plaintiff is under imminent danger of serious physical injury.

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED, sua sponte, that the order granting Plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. 4) is VACATED, and Plaintiff's pauper status is REVOKED.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. 2) is DENIED.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff shall pay the full filing fee of $250 for this action within FIFTEEN (15) DAYS of the entry of this Order.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that if Plaintiff does not comply with this Order in the time allotted, this case will be closed for failure to pay the filing fee and for failure to comply with an order of this Court. FED.R.CIV.P. 41(b); see generally Ladien v. Astrachan, 128 F.3d 1051 (7th Cir. 1997); Johnson v. Kamminga, 34 F.3d 466 (7th Cir. 1994).

IT IS SO ORDERED.

WILLIAM D. STIEHL DISTRICT JUDGE


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