IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION
June 6, 2008
JAVIER PEREZ, PLAINTIFF,
JENNIFER WITHERSPOON, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge
On April 29, 2008 this Court issued a brief memorandum order ("Order I") that (1) initially addressed the obligation of pro se plaintiff Javier Perez ("Perez") to pay the filing fee in this 42 U.S.C. §1983*fn1 action in future installments pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1915(b)(1) and (2) then went on to require Perez to address his exhaustion or nonexhaustion of administrative remedies, which Section 1997e(a) makes a precondition to institution of any prisoner's lawsuit such as this one. When the specified due date of May 15 came and went without any response from Perez, this Court issued a May 21 memorandum order ("Order II") that dismissed both the Complaint and this action (a result about which Perez had been warned in Order I.
Just yesterday (June 5) a handwritten request from Perez, to which the envelope in which it had been sent was attached, was delivered to this Court's chambers. For some unexplainable reason that document had been received in the Clerk's Office of this District Court on May 19, yet it took more than two weeks to be delivered to this Court. Perez there provided not only a reasonable explanation as to why he needed more time to respond but also stated in his paragraph 3 (copied verbatim):
However plaintiff states he has document that prove or show that all admin. Remides have been fully exhausted on the Plaintiffs Behalf.
Under the circumstances this Court grants Perez further time to provide a showing as to his claimed exhaustion of administrative remedies--not simply until the May 26 date that he originally requested but until two weeks from today, June 20. If Perez provides satisfactory evidence of such exhaustion on or before that date, this Court will promptly vacate Order II on that ground and will turn to Perez' substantive claim to determine whether it should go forward.