IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION
October 29, 2008
NATHANIEL SIMS #B40009, PLAINTIFF,
ROGER E. WALKER, JR. (DIRECTOR) I.D.O.C., ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge
Nathaniel Sims ("Sims"), employing the form provided by this District Court's Clerk's Office for use by prisoners asserting claims under 42 U.S.C. §1983, has submitted a sprawling handwritten Complaint against Illinois Department of Corrections Director Roger Walker and a host of other defendants. Because much of Sims' narrative is occupied with asserting which of his constitutional rights he claims have been violated, while this Court finds the portions of the narrative that refer to actual events to be quite unintelligible, this Court is prepared to consider appointing pro bono counsel for Sims to try to make some order out of the present chaos--provided, that is, that Sims complies with what is required for that purpose.
To that end this Court is transmitting to Sims, together with a copy of this memorandum order, some Clerk's-Office-supplied forms of In Forma Pauperis Application ("Application")*fn1 and Motion for Appointment of Counsel ("Motion"). Sims must submit, together with the completed Application, printouts from all correctional institutions where he has been in custody during the six-month period that began on April 21, 2008 and ended on October 20, 2008, reflecting all transactions in his prisoner trust fund accounts during that time frame. As for the Motion, Sims must complete Paragraph 2 by identifying what efforts he has made on his own to obtain counsel to represent him.
When those properly prepared documents have been received by this Court, it will act on them promptly. If no such submissions are received on or before November 24, 2008, however, both the Complaint and this action will be dismissed without prejudice.