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United States ex rel. Hayes v. Martin

United States District Court, Seventh Circuit

May 9, 2013

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ex rel. CURMILLER HAYES #M10616, Petitioner,
v.
ALLAN MARTIN, Warden, Respondent.

MEMORANDUM ORDER

MILTON I. SHADUR, Senior District Judge.

On April 30, 2013 Curmiller Hayes ("Hayes"), represented by the Office of the State Appellate Defender, filed a notice of appeal from this Court's April 3 memorandum opinion and order ("Opinion") that had dismissed Hayes' Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus ("Petition"). But Hayes' counsel failed to deliver to this Court's chambers, as mandated by this District Court's LR 5.2(f), the judge's paper copy of either Hayes' notice of appeal or his In Forma Pauperis Application ("Application")(this Court learned of those filings only when the Court of Appeals inquired as to the issuance of a certificate of appealability-an inadvertent omission from the Opinion).[1] This Court has promptly caused copies of the Application and its accompanying printout of transactions in Hayes' trust account at Shawnee Correctional Center, where he is in custody, to be printed out for its use.

What those documents reveal is that they are the selfsame Application and trust fund account printout that were tendered at the time of the original March 26 filing of the Petition in this District Court (Hayes' counsel was unaware that the filing fee for a habeas petition in the District Court is only $5, so that the Application was needless and was naturally denied). As counsel has to know, that refiling won't do the job, for 28 U.S.C. ยง1915(a)(2) requires that the trust fund account statement cover "the 6-month period immediately preceding the filing of the complaint or notice of appeal, " which in this instance means the period from October 30, 2012 to April 30, 2013.

Accordingly Hayes' counsel is ordered to obtain and to deliver to this Court's chambers forthwith a printout for the proper time frame, so that this Court can make the calculation called for by Section 1915(b)(1). And that may also call for resolution of the tension that exists between Section 1915(a)(3) and other portions of Section 1915 (see this Court's unpublished April 26, 2013 memorandum order in Syler v. County of Will, 12 C 1408 (USCA No. 13-1593)).


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