Simpson v. Allen
ORDER directing that Petitioner must, within 30 days of the entry of this Order, either: (a) file the first two pages of the Application to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees & Affidavit, which must be fully completed & personally signed by petitione r; or (b) pay the $5.00 filing fee in full. Petitioner must, within 30 days of the entry of this Order, file an Amended Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus containing the information specified herein. If Petitioner fails to timely & properly comply with any portion of this Order, it will be recommended that his case be dismissed, without prejudice, pursuant to Local Rule 5.5(c)(2). Signed by Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray on 2/8/2012. (jct)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
MIKE ALLEN, Sheriff,
Petitioner, Jimmy Simpson, has filed a pro se1 Petition for Writ of Habeas
Corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241(c)(3), along with an Application to Proceed
Without Prepayment of Fees and Affidavit. (Docket entries #1, #2.)
I. In Forma Pauperis Application
A federal habeas petition must be accompanied by the applicable filing fee, or
“a motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis, the affidavit required by 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915, and a certificate from the warden or other appropriate officer of the place of
Petitioner is hereby notified of his responsibility to comply with Local Rule
5.5(c)(2) of the Rules of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of
Arkansas, which states: "It is the duty of any party not represented by counsel to promptly
notify the Clerk and the other parties to the proceedings of any change in his or her
address, to monitor the progress of the case, and to prosecute or defend the action
diligently. A party appearing for himself/herself shall sign his/her pleadings and state
his/her address, zip code, and telephone number. If any communication from the Court to
a pro se plaintiff is not responded to within thirty (30) days, the case may be dismissed
without prejudice. Any party proceeding pro se shall be expected to be familiar with and
follow the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure."
confinement showing the amount of money or securities that the petitioner has in any
account in the institution.” Rule 3(a), Rules Governing § 2254 Cases in United States
District Courts (emphasis added); § 2254 Rule 1(b) (permitting district courts to apply
§ 2254 rules in other habeas actions).
Petitioner’s Application to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees and Affidavit
is incomplete. Specifically, it is missing the second page, which is the page
containing the applicant’s signature and declaration that the information provided is
true and correct. The Clerk of the Court is directed to send Petitioner a blank
Application to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees and Affidavit. Petitioner must
fully complete the first two pages of the form, sign on the appropriate line on page
2, and resubmit both pages to the Court within thirty (30) days of entry of this Order.
As required by Rule 3(a), Petitioner has submitted a certificate from an
authorized official at the incarcerating facility, Crittenden County Detention Facility
(CCDF), showing his account balance. (Docket entry #1, at 2-3.) He is not required
to obtain and submit another certificate from the CCDF.
Alternatively, Petitioner may pay the statutory $5.00 filing fee for habeas
A federal court should summarily dismiss a habeas petition if “it plainly
appears from the petition and any attached exhibits that the petitioner is not entitled
to relief in the district court.” § 2254 Rule 4. The Court needs further information
in order to determine if Petitioner’s allegations are sufficient to allow his habeas
action to proceed.
Petitioner alleges that he was arrested in January 2011 for breaking and
entering, was “sent back to prison on [a] parole violation,” served ten months, and
was released on November 23, 2011. He alleges that, on, December 14, 2011, he was
arrested and detained on a warrant for the same charge of breaking and entering. He
alleges that his parole officer said he was “going to straight[en] the matter out,” but
Plaintiff is directed to file, within thirty (30) days of entry of this Order, an
Amended Petition clarifying:
(1) Whether he is currently incarcerated;2 if so, the place of his
incarceration, and the specific criminal charges that are the basis for his current
incarceration; and, if he is no longer incarcerated, the date he was released and
the reason for his release.
(2) Whether any criminal proceedings have been held or are
scheduled to be held on the criminal charges that are the basis for his current
The Petition states that Petitioner was “released on [his] own recognizance” on
December 28, 2011. (Docket entry #2, at 2.) However, the address he lists on his
Petition is that of the Crittenden County Detention Facility (id. at 5), and the envelope in
which his pleadings were mailed shows the CCDF as the return address (docket entry #1,
incarceration; the nature and date of all such criminal proceedings; the court
in which the proceedings have been or will be held; and, if applicable, the
outcome of the proceedings.
(3) What steps he has taken to challenge the legality of his detention
through the state court system.3
The Court notes that Petitioner’s original habeas Petition is not signed.
(Docket entry #2, at 5.) A habeas petition must be “signed and verified by the person
for whose relief it is intended or by someone acting in his behalf.” 28 U.S.C. § 2242;
see § 2254 Rule 2(c)(5) (petition must “be signed under penalty of perjury by the
petitioner or by a person authorized to sign it for the petitioner under 28 U.S.C. §
2242”). Petitioner is directed to ensure that his Amended Petition contains a proper
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT:
The Clerk of the Court is directed to send Petitioner a blank Application
to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees and Affidavit.
A petitioner seeking relief from state custody by means of a federal writ of habeas
corpus ordinarily is required to exhaust his remedies in state court. See Sacco v. Falke,
649 F.2d 634, 635-37 (8th Cir. 1981) (exhaustion requirement applies to § 2241 habeas
petition challenging future prosecution); see also Dickerson v. Louisiana, 816 F.2d 220,
225 (5th Cir. 1987) (federal courts should abstain from exercising jurisdiction over
pretrial habeas petitions brought under § 2241 if issues may be resolved by state court
trial or other state procedures available to the petitioner).
Petitioner must, within thirty (30) days of the entry of this Order,
either: (a) file the first two pages of the Application to Proceed Without Prepayment
of Fees and Affidavit, which must be fully completed and personally signed by
Petitioner; or (b) pay the $5.00 filing fee in full.
Petitioner must, within thirty days of the entry of this Order, file an
Amended Petition containing the information specified herein.
Petitioner is reminded that, if he fails to timely and properly comply with
any portion of this Order, it will be recommended that his case be dismissed, without
prejudice, pursuant to Local Rule 5.5(c)(2).
DATED this _8th_ day of February, 2012.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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