McDonald v. Arkansas, State of
ORDER directing petitioner to either pay the $5.00 statutory filing fee or file a properly completed application to proceed ifp within 30 days of the date of this Order. The Clerk is directed to forward to petitioner an application to proceed ifp. Petitioner is also directed to file an amended petition within 30 days of the date of this Order. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jerome T. Kearney on 9/26/11. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
JACK D. MCDONALD
Case No. 4:11CV00676 JMM-JTK
STATE OF ARKANSAS
Liberally construing the petition as a challenge to his confinement, Petitioner, a committed
patient of the Arkansas State Hospital, has filed a writ of habeas corpus petition under 28 U.S.C.
§ 2254. Petitioner has neither paid the $5.00 filing fee nor filed an application to proceed in forma
If Petitioner wishes to proceed further with this action, he must within thirty (30) days of this
Order either: (1) pay the $5.00 filing fee in full;1 or (2) file a properly completed application to
proceed in forma pauperis.
In the petition, Petitioner lists one ground for review—“Right To Proceed! My Civil Rights
Have Been Violated!” He goes on to state that he has been locked up 18 ½ years for a terroristic
threatening charge that he did not commit. Petition, DE #1, at 5. Further, Petitioner gives the date
of November 1, 2008, as the date of conviction but in parenthesis provides the notation “not
convicted” and later that he “did not go to trial.” Id. at 1-2. As it now stands, the petition is too
vague and incomplete, and it lacks adequate supporting documentation.2
Any payment Petitioner sends to the Court must clearly indicate that it is for payment of
the filing fee in “McDonald v. State of Arkansas, 4:11CV00676 JMM-JTK.”
From review, it appears to the Court that in 1987 Petitioner was civilly committed to the
Arkansas State Hospital. In Re Jack Dean McDonald, Pulaski County Circuit Court, Probate
Division, Case No. PR87-1740. Subsequently, he was charged with second degree terroristic
threatening, State v. Jack McDonald, Pulaski County Circuit Court, Case No. CR90-279, and in
1993 charged with first degree terroristic threatening, State v. Jack McDonald, Pulaski County
Before the Court will serve the Petition on Respondent, or otherwise determine whether the
petition is frivolous or provides an adequate ground for relief, Plaintiff is advised to file an amended
petition within thirty (30) days. Petitioner must provide the Court with a clear statement of facts that
evidence a real possibility of constitutional error. See Aubut v. State of Maine, 431 F.3d 688, 689
(1st Cir. 1970). Particularly, Petitioner should attach any exhibits to his petition that may aid the
Court, including, but not limited to, transcripts, sentencing records, and copies of state court order
Finally, Plaintiff is hereby advised that the failure to timely and properly comply with this
Order could result in the dismissal of this habeas action, without prejudice, pursuant to Local Rule
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT:
The Clerk of Court forward to Petitioner an application to proceed in forma
Within thirty (30) days of the entry-date of this Order, Petitioner must either (1) pay
the $5.00 statutory filing fee in full; or (2) file a properly completed application to proceed in forma
Circuit Court, Case No. CR93-385. Petitioner was deemed not guilty but again committed to the
Arkansas State Hospital. See In the Matter of Jack D. McDonald, Pulaski County Circuit Court,
Probate Division, Case No. PR94-547.
The Court recognizes that appointment of counsel may be necessary in this instance and
will consider such after the preliminary matter of the filing fee is addressed and if a sufficient
amended petition is not filed.
Petitioner is hereby notified of his responsibility to comply with the Local Rules of the
Court, including Rule 5.5(c)(2), 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.
In accordance with the above instructions, Petitioner shall file an amended petition
within thirty (30) days of the entry-date of this Order.
SO ORDERED this 26th day of September, 2011.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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