United States District Court, W.D. Wisconsin
D. PETERSON District Judge.
Terrance Grissom, a prisoner at the Columbia Correctional
Institution, brings this lawsuit alleging that prison
officials are threatening to harm him. Grissom is a frequent
litigator in this court (he has brought over 60 cases here
since 1990) who has “struck out” under 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(g) and who independently has been barred from
filing new complaints in this court unless his allegations
show that he is in imminent danger of serious physical
injury. See Grissom v. Kuluike, No. 14-cv-590-jdp
(W.D. Wis. Jan. 12, 2015).
allegations that prison officials are threatening to harm or
kill him are sufficient to pass the imminent danger standard,
but there are other problems with this lawsuit that must be
addressed before I screen the complaint.
because plaintiff has not submitted the filing fee for this
lawsuit, I take him to be seeking leave to proceed in
forma pauperis in this case. But plaintiff has not
submitted financial information that I can use to determine
whether he qualifies financially for in forma
pauperis status. I will give him a short time to submit
his trust fund account statement for the period between May
2, 2015, and November 2, 2015.
the document that plaintiff has submitted as a complaint does
not comply with Federal Rule of Procedure 10(a), which states
that the complaint must have a caption detailing the names of
the parties. As it stands now, I could only guess which
prison officials plaintiff seeks to name as a defendants; he
will have to submit an amended complaint in which he names
the individuals he is suing. I will direct the clerk of court
to provide plaintiff with a blank complaint form that he
should use for his amended complaint. When plaintiff fills
out the new complaint, he should make sure that he names each
individual he wants to sue in the caption, and then explain
in the body of the complaint what each defendant did to
violate his rights.
the hallmarks of plaintiff’s recent litigation in this
court is that he files complaints and then does not respond
to court orders or otherwise do anything to prosecute his
lawsuits. See, e.g., Grissom v. Pollard,
No. 14-cv-808-jdp (W.D. Wis.) (plaintiff dismissed from case
after failing to submit initial partial payment of filing
fee); Grissom v. Luduigson, No. 14-cv-758-jdp (W.D.
Wis.) (case dismissed after plaintiff failed to submit
initial partial payment of filing fee); Grissom v.
Vandenlangenberg, No. 14-cv-490-jdp (W.D. Wis.) (same).
If plaintiff fails to respond to this order, this case will
Plaintiff Terrance Grissom may have until July 15, 2016, to
submit an amended complaint and a prison trust fund account
clerk of court is directed to provide plaintiff with a blank
complaint form. Entered June 27, 2016.
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