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United States ex rel Riley v. Illinois Dep't of Corrections Prisoner Review Board

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION


December 14, 2006

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA EX REL. LESLIE RILEY #B-14461, PETITIONER,
v.
ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PRISONER REVIEW BOARD,*FN1 RESPONDENT.

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

MEMORANDUM ORDER

Leslie Riley ("Riley") has just submitted a 28 U.S.C. §2254 ("Section 2254") Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus ("Petition"), challenging his February 24, 2006 conviction on his plea of guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Riley has accompanied his Petition with an In Forma Pauperis Application ("Application") without having attached a printout of transactions in his trust fund account at Big Muddy River Correctional Center ("Big Muddy," where he is in custody). This memorandum order addresses both the Petition and the Application.

As for the Application, Riley is obviously unaware that the only fee required for a federal habeas petition is the modest sum of $5. Because it is difficult to believe that he lacks access to such a small amount (something that is unclear from the Application), the Application is denied, with the officials at Big Muddy being ordered to remit the sum of $5 directly to the following address (identifying the payment with Riley's name and this Case No. 06 C 6827) as soon as the funds in the trust fund account are adequate for that purpose:

Clerk, United States District Court 219 South Dearborn Street - 20th Floor Chicago IL 60604 Attention: Fiscal Department As for the Petition itself, Riley has admittedly failed to go to the state court system (as he must) before he can turn to the federal courts for relief.*fn2 Under Section 2254(b)(1)(A) federal habeas relief cannot be granted unless "the applicant has exhausted the remedies available in the courts of the State," and Riley has not done so. Accordingly both the Petition and this action are dismissed, although such dismissal is without prejudice to the possible reassertion of Riley's claims as and when he satisfies the statutory preconditions to suit.*fn3


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