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Nicholas Bauer, et al v. Alfreda Kibby

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD DIVISION


December 8, 2011

NICHOLAS BAUER, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
v.
ALFREDA KIBBY, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sue E. Myerscough, U.S. District Judge:

E-FILED

Thursday, 08 December, 2011 12:29:06 PM

Clerk, U.S. District Court, ILCD

OPINION

Plaintiffs, proceeding pro se and currently detained in the Rushville Treatment and Detention Center, seek leave to proceed in forma pauperis on their claims that they are being retaliated against for pursuing their claims in a case pending before this Court, Bauer v. Phillips, 10-3205 (C.D. Ill., Judge Myerscough).*fn1

The "privilege to proceed without posting security for costs and fees is reserved to the many truly impoverished litigants who, within the District Court's sound discretion, would remain without legal remedy if such privilege were not afforded to them." Brewster v. North Am. Van Lines, Inc., 461 F.2d 649, 651 (7th Cir. 1972).

In August, 2010, Plaintiffs filed case 10-3205 in this District, challenging Rushville's blanket ban on R-rated movies and M-rated games. That case was stayed pending the resolution of another case involving the same challenge, Smego v. Payne, 09-3244 (C.D. Ill., Judge Myerscough).*fn2 Judge Baker ultimately granted summary judgment to the defendants in Smego on the blanket ban claim. The stay in this case was then lifted, with discovery set to close at the end of this month.

Plaintiffs allege in this case that Defendants are retaliating against them for case 10-3205 by implementing even more restrictive rules on games, movies and electronic devices. However, Plaintiffs are already pursuing this retaliation claim in case 10-3205. Judge Baker included the retaliation claim in his June 16, 2011, text order, which states,"the court concludes that the plaintiffs also state a claim for retaliation for filing [this] lawsuit through the implementation of more restrictive rules on electronics, movies, and games."*fn3 Thus, Plaintiffs' petitions to proceed in forma pauperis will be denied on the basis that the claims in this case are duplicative of those already proceeding in case 10-3205. See Trippe Mfg. Co. v. American Power Conversion Corp., 46 F.3d 624, 629 (7th Cir. 1995)(affirming dismissal of duplicative lawsuit: "Federal district courts have the inherent power to administer their dockets so as to conserve scarce judicial resources.").

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED:

1. Plaintiffs' petitions to proceed in forma pauperis are denied (d/e's 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13) because Plaintiffs are already pursuing these claims in case 10-3205. All pending motions are denied as moot, and this case is closed.

2. If Plaintiffs wish to appeal this dismissal, they must file a notice of appeal with this court within 30 days of the entry of judgment. Fed. R. App. P. 4(a). A motion for leave to appeal in forma pauperis should set forth the issues Plaintiffs plan to present on appeal. See Fed. R. App. P. 24(a)(1)(C).

FOR THE COURT:

SUE E. MYERSCOUGH UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE


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