United States District Court, S.D. Ohio, Western Division
J. Dlott Judge
January 6, 2017, this Court issued an Order regarding the
amount of reimbursable expenses that counsel of record,
Sandra J. Fortson, Esq., has incurred in the course of
prosecuting this litigation on behalf of her client,
Plaintiff Curtis Wheat. (Doc. 142.) On that same date, Mr.
Wheat sent an email to the Court's Law Clerk, to which he
attached a seven-page letter to the Court dated January 5,
2017. In this unexpected and ex parte letter, Mr.
Wheat challenged the bulk of Ms. Fortson's requests for
Court's January 6 Order was issued without prior review
of Mr. Wheat's January 5 letter. The Court has since
considered the "troubling points" identified by Mr.
Wheat regarding the materials submitted by Ms. Fortson for
review. Coincidentally, many of them were addressed by the
Court, sua sponte, in the original Order. Two
categories, however, require supplementation.
regarding Travel, Lodging, and Parking,
specifically 10-11 January 2012 (FBA Admissions
Ceremony'): The Court takes judicial notice of the
fact that Ms. Fortson was admitted to practice in the State
of Ohio on November 7, 1988. Accordingly, she was
required to seek admission as a permanent member of
the bar of this Court when she formally undertook
representation of Mr. Wheat. See S.D. Ohio Civ. R,
83.3(b), (e). Her expenses, therefore, are reimbursable.
regarding Psychologist/Expert: Based on the materials
submitted by Ms. Fortson, the Court did not allow this $32,
200.00 expense. (Doc. 142atPageID 1659-61.) Mr. Wheal's
remarks, though, have escalated the Court's concern as to
possible questionable conduct on the part of Ms. Fortson. The
Court reaffirms its initial determination, concluding now
that under no circumstance should this expense be
Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Supplemental Order
by regular, U.S. Mail to Plaintiff Curtis Wheat.
 The Court's Law Clerk was absent
from Chambers on January 6, ...