Slade v. Grant Joint Union High School District et al

Filing 12

FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS signed by Judge Peter A. Nowinski on 1/18/06 Recommending that pltf's application to proceed IFP 10 be denied. The Court VACATES its Order 9 filed 12/12/05, and Case Re-opened. Motion referred to Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. (Girgis, C) Modified on 1/18/2006 (Girgis, C). Modified on 3/31/2006 (Krueger, M).

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(PS) Slade v. Grant Joint Union High School District et al Doc. 12 Case 2:05-cv-01483-MCE-PAN Document 12 Filed 01/18/2006 Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA ELIZABETH SINGLETON SLADE, Plaintiff, v. GRANT JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT, JACQUES WHITFIELD, HELLEN VERELLA, and DENNIS HENNING, Defendants. FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS CIV. S-05-1483 MCE PAN PS 18 -o0o19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 The court vacates its order filed December 12, 2005, and issues these findings and recommendations. On July 22, 2005, plaintiff filed an incomplete application to proceed in forma pauperis and a proposed complaint. By order filed September 30, 2005, this court directed plaintiff to provide a complete application and an accounting of her monthly income and expenses. Plaintiff timely Dockets.Justia.com Case 2:05-cv-01483-MCE-PAN Document 12 Filed 01/18/2006 Page 2 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 filed an amended application but failed to include her expenses; her inclusion of a receipt for airline travel to attend a "new wife class" at a military base raised additional questions. November 10, 2005, the court directed plaintiff to "further supplement her amended application to proceed in forma pauperis with an itemization of her monthly expenses [and] an explanation of her military affiliation and marital status." Plaintiff On failed timely to respond to the court's November 10 order and on December 12, 2005, the court directed the closing of this file. On December 28, 2005, plaintiff again filed a motion to proceed in forma pauperis and a letter in which she states she was married September 2, 2005, but does not know the amount of her husband's income as the "money is his and hers" and she alone supports her two children plus "1% a month" to her goddaughter. Also vague is the amount of plaintiff's own employment income, which she identifies differently on each of her applications, viz., $600 to $700 per month on her first application, $1900 a month on her second application, and $1200 per month "take home" on her third application. Plaintiff avers she has sought to meet the court's instructions and does not know what else to provide, beseeching the court for further instructions. In reality, the court has made every effort to identify the information plaintiff must submit. Despite three applications, plaintiff's legally attributable income remains a mystery due to the variable amount of her own stated income and her avowed disassociation from the 2 Case 2:05-cv-01483-MCE-PAN Document 12 Filed 01/18/2006 Page 3 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 income of her husband despite California's community property laws. Plaintiff's fellow taxpayers should not be required to subsidize her lawsuit based on such vague allegations. I find, therefore, that plaintiff's affidavit fails to demonstrate that because of poverty she cannot pay or give security for court costs and still be able to provide herself and her dependents with the necessities of life. See Adkins v. E.I. Dupont de Nemours & Co., 335 U.S. 331, 339 (1948). Accordingly, I recommend that plaintiff's application to proceed in forma pauperis be denied. These findings and recommendation are submitted to the Honorable Morrison C. England, the United States District Judge assigned to this case. 28 U.S.C. 636(b)(l). Further written objections may be filed within ten (10) days after being served with these findings and recommendation. The document should be captioned "Objections to Magistrate Judge's Findings and Recommendation." The failure to file objections within the specified time may waive the right to appeal the District Court's order. Martinez v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1991). Dated: January 18, 2006. /s/ Peter A. Nowinski PETER A. NOWINSKI Magistrate Judge 3

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