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Anthony Boyce v. Salvador A. Godinez


June 12, 2012


The opinion of the court was delivered by: Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge


Anthony Boyce ("Boyce") has filed a detailed 42 U.S.C. § 1983 ("Section 1983") Complaint against no fewer than 24 defendants, with all of his grievances revolving around his having been prescribed, and having been compelled to take, two drugs -- Remeron and Trazodone -- despite his continuing objections that those medications have caused him blurred vision and eye pain, migraine headaches, dizziness upon standing, short term memory loss and trouble swallowing. Boyce's allegations, which must be accepted as true for purposes of determining his entitlement to proceed in this federal court, portray an appallingly callous disregard of his complaints -- allegations that plainly suffice to state a claim of cruel and unusual punishment under the standards established by Estelle v. Gamble, 429 U.S. 97 (1976) and that clearly possess the level of plausibility demanded by the Twombly-Iqbal canon.*fn1

With that aspect of the preconditions to in forma pauperis treatment of a prisoner plaintiff resolved, this opinion turns to the financial component of such a request. In that respect the printout of transactions in Boyce's trust fund account at Stateville Correctional Center ("Stateville," where he is in custody) reflects that the average monthly deposits into that account during the six month period that it covers (see 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(2)) amount to $40.04, so that the required initial partial filing fee of 20% of that amount (see 28 U.S.C. 1915(b)(1)) comes to $8. Accordingly Boyce is assessed that initial fee of $8, and the Stateville trust fund officer is ordered to collect that amount from Boyce's trust fund account there and to pay it directly to the Clerk of Court ("Clerk"):

Office of the Clerk

United States District Court 219 South Dearborn Street Chicago IL 60604 Attention: Fiscal Department After such payment, the trust fund officer at Stateville (or at any other correctional facility where Boyce may hereafter be confined) is authorized to collect monthly payments from his trust fund account in an amount equal to 20% of the preceding month's income credited to the account. Monthly payments collected from the trust fund account shall be forwarded to the Clerk each time the amount in the account exceeds $10 until the full $350 filing fee is paid. Both the initial payment and all future payments shall clearly identify Boyce's name and the 12 C 3840 case number assigned to this action. To implement these requirements, the Clerk shall send a copy of this order to the Stateville trust fund officer.

Because Boyce's In Forma Pauperis Application coupled with his Motion for Appointment of Counsel entitle him to the latter relief as well, this Court has obtained the name of the following member of this District Court's trial bar, who is appointed to represent Boyce pro bono publico:

Timothy Kevin Travers

Tenney & Bentley 111 West Washington Street - Suite 1900 Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 407-7800 Email:

Appointed counsel is ordered to proceed expeditiously with Boyce's representation. Finally, this Court is contemporaneously issuing its customary initial scheduling order.

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