United States District Court, W.D. Wisconsin
OPINION & ORDER
D. PETERSON, DISTRICT JUDGE.
Robert Pierre Kidd, a prisoner at the Waupun Correctional
Institution, filed this lawsuit alleging that prison staff
gave him incorrect medication and pepper sprayed him while he
was having a seizure. In a June 2, 2017 order, I dismissed
Kidd's complaint under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 8
and 20 because Kidd did not name any individuals who violated
his rights and the incidents about incorrect medication and
pepper spraying did not appear to be related. I gave Kidd a
chance to file an amended complaint fixing these problems.
Kidd has filed an amended complaint in this case discussing
only the pepper spray incident. He followed by filing six
• 17-cv-597-jdp: Kidd alleges that he was held down and
pepper sprayed during a seizure in December 2014 even though
prison officials were told not to handcuff him during
• 17-cv-598-jdp: Kidd sues a state-court judge for
rejecting his request for a jury trial in a criminal case.
• 17-cv-627-jdp: Kidd alleges that he was handcuffed
during a seizure in July 2017 and then punished for
disruptive conduct, even though he cannot control himself
during a seizure.
• 17-cv-654-jdp: Kidd alleges that an inmate picked up
Kidd's legal papers following a seizure, and prison
officials will not let the inmate return them to Kidd.
• 17-cv-660-jdp: Kidd sues a doctor for testifying that
Kidd was competent to plead guilty to a crime, and he sues
his lawyers for what he believes was substandard
• 17-cv-712-jdp: Kidd alleges that he receives ibuprofen
as treatment for an unnamed medical problem. He also states
that he was accused of faking a seizure.
order addresses several issues arising out of Kidd's
various complaints and the other correspondence he has
the past couple of months, Kidd and the clerk's office
have corresponded about the initial partial payments for each
of these cases. Kidd has made payments in four of the seven
cases. In the meantime, he has submitted a series of letters
to the court, stating that he would like to keep all of his
cases open and consolidate them if possible. But in his most
recent submissions, Kidd states that he would like to
voluntarily dismiss three of his cases: the '598 case
against a judge, the '627 case about being punished for
seizures, and the '654 case about his legal papers.
See Dkt. 18 and 19 in the '598 case. I will
grant Kidd's motion and dismiss all three of these cases
without prejudice, which means he can refile them later if he
so chooses. Because he has chosen this route so early in the
cases, I conclude that he will not owe the $350 filing fee
for any of them.
also asks for the payments he made in those cases to be
applied to his other cases. Kidd did not make any payments in
the '627 and '654 cases. He did make an initial
partial payment in the '598 case. I will direct the clerk
of court to transfer that payment to the one remaining case
in which he did not make an initial payment, the '712
asks the court to “look into each case . . . and put
them together if possible.” Dkt. 29-3 in the '265
case. Most of the claims Kidd attempts to raise in his
various lawsuits do not appear to be part of the same set of
events or involve the same defendants, so his claims cannot
be joined together within any of his individual lawsuits.
See Fed. R. ...