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Jones v. Folino

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


January 22, 2009

WILLIAM JONES, PLAINTIFF,
v.
SUPT. LOUIS S. FOLINO, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Joy Flowers Conti

Magistrate Judge Bissoon

ORDER

Plaintiff William Jones, a state prisoner, was granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis in this matter on June 16, 2008 (Doc. 2). Two payments have been made from his prisoner account in the total amount of $24.74 (Docs. 26 and 34). Defendants have filed a Motion to Strike the Complaint (Doc. 86) and have identified six (6) prior federal cases filed by Jones that were dismissed as frivolous. Defendants assert that Jones runs afoul of the "three strikes" provision of the in forma pauperis statute, and that this case should be dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1915(g)*fn1 .

Plaintiff responded to the motion (Doc. 88) and does not contest that he has at least three prior cases that were dismissed as frivolous. Further, the Court's review of the court records referenced by Defendants confirms that Jones has at least three prior "strikes" for purposes of the statute. Hence, the following order.

AND NOW, this 22nd day of January, 2009,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the order granting William Jones the right to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. 2) is VACATED. Plaintiff's request for an extension of time (Doc. 88) is GRANTED. Plaintiff shall, on or before February 9, 2009, pay the filing fee in full (at this time, he still owes $324.26), or the undersigned shall recommend that this case be dismissed.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the parties are allowed ten (10) days from this date to appeal this order to a district judge pursuant to Rule 72.1.3(B) of the Local Rules for Magistrates. Failure to appeal within ten (10) days may constitute waiver of the right to appeal.

CATHY BISSOON UNITED STATE MAGISTRATE JUDGE


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