United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
April 3, 2012
CITY OF CHGO ET AL
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Charles P. Kocoras U.S. District Judge
Name of Assigned Judge Sitting Judge if Other or Magistrate Judge Charles P. Kocoras than Assigned Judge
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Plaintiff's motion (Doc ) to proceed in forma pauperis is denied. Plaintiff must pay the $350 filing fee within thirty (30) days of the date of this Order to avoid the dismissal of his complaint. Plaintiff's motion (Doc ) for appointment of counsel is denied.
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This case comes before the Court on the motions of Arthur Wiggins, Jr. ("Wiggins") to proceed in forma pauperis, without prepayment of fees, and for appointment of counsel.
A litigant may proceed in forma pauperis if he is unable to pay the costs of commencing the action. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). According to Wiggins' financial affidavit, he is currently self-employed and earns $12,000 annually. In the past twelve months, Wiggins, or someone in his household, earned $48,000 from an unidentified source and at least $4,000 in quarterly college tuition refund payments. He owns a home valued at $50,000, which is currently in foreclosure, and maintains less than $200 in his bank accounts. Based on Wiggins' financial affidavit, he has not made a sufficient showing of indigence, and his motion to proceed in forma pauperis is denied. Wiggins must pay the $350 filing fee within thirty (30) days of the date of this Order to avoid the dismissal of his complaint.
Turning now to Wiggins' motion for appointment of counsel, a district court may, in its discretion, request that an attorney represent a party if the party is unable to afford counsel. 28 U.S.C. §1915(e)(1). As discussed above, Wiggins has not made a sufficient showing of indigence. Accordingly, his motion for appointment of counsel is denied.
Date: April 3, 2012
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