Maethis v. Stapleton et al
MEMORANDUM Order Signed by the Honorable Milton I. Shadur on 2/27/2017.Mailed notice(mjc, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
CARLUIS D. MAETHIS,
OFFICER ADAM STAPLETON #283,
Case No. 16 C 9500
When this action brought by pro se prisoner plaintiff Carluis Maethis ("Maethis") was
initially assigned to this Court's calendar, it sought to pursue the threshold task imposed by 28
U.S.C. § 1915 ("Section 1915") to enable Maethis to enter the federal courthouse door (in the
figurative sense, of course). That effort initially met with failure when the District Court staff
attorney responsible for this action called the Will County Jail (where Maethis was in custody) to
request a supplemental trust fund account statement covering the time missing within the
Section-1915-designated six-month period that the section made relevant for this Court's
determination as to Maethis' request for in forma pauperis treatment. That necessitated this
Court's issuance of an October 17, 2016 memorandum order (the "Order") to require the delivery
of the requested information.
That produced results, but this Court's concurrent desire to act on Maethis'
contemporaneous Motion for Attorney Representation (the "Motion") caused a further delay
because of Maethis' earlier-pending state court action and its impact on another federal court
action by Maethis (the latter having been assigned to this Court's colleague Honorable Robert
Dow, Jr.). Although the two federal cases dealt with different subject matters, it appeared that
their concurrent existence might have made it feasible (and more efficient) to have both of those
federal cases handled by the same member of this District Court's trial bar if Maethis qualified
for such representation. But based on Judge Dow's most recent ruling in his case earlier this
month, it now appears that a further extended delay in resolution of the state court lawsuit makes
any such consolidated effort impractical, so that this memorandum order will act on both of
Maethis' pending motions.
First as to Maethis' In Forma Pauperis Application ("Application"), this Court's
calculation of the average deposits to Maethis' trust fund account at the Will County Jail for the
six-month period immediately preceding the presumptive September 30, 2016 "filing" date of
this action as prescribed by the Houston v. Lack, 487 U.S. 266 (1988) "mailbox rule" (see
Section 1915(a)(2) and (b)(1)(A)) came to $45.34, 20% of which (id.) is $9.07. Accordingly
Maethis is assessed an initial partial filing fee of $9.07 plus 20% of the deposits to the account
between September 30, 2016 and the date of payment of the partial fee to the Clerk's Office, and
the Will County Jail trust fund officer is ordered to collect that amount from Maethis' trust fund
account there and to pay it directly to the Clerk of Court ("Clerk"):
Office of the Clerk
United States District Court
219 South Dearborn Street
Chicago IL 60604
Attention: Fiscal Department.
After such payment the trust fund officer at Will County Jail (or at any other correctional
facility where Maethis may hereafter be confined) is authorized to collect monthly payments
from his trust fund account in an amount equal to 20% of the preceding month's income credited
to the account. Monthly payments collected from the trust fund account shall be forwarded to
the Clerk each time the amount in the account exceeds $10 until the full $350 filing fee is paid.
Both the initial payment and all future payments shall clearly identify Maethis' name and the
16 C 9500 case number assigned to this action. To implement these requirements, the Clerk
shall send a copy of this order to the Will County Jail trust fund officer.
As for the Motion, it is exceedingly plain that the sprawling narrative in Maethis'
self-prepared Complaint is totally at odds with the mandate of Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a)(2) that calls
for "a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief" -- a
mandate that is consistent with the underlying federal concept of "notice pleading," rather than
the "fact pleading" approach that prevails in Illinois and other state court systems. Because
Maethis' Motion shows that he has satisfied the precondition that our Court of Appeals imposes
before consideration can be given to obtaining designation of counsel to represent a prisoner
plaintiff, this Court has obtained the name of this District Court's trial bar member to undertake
Kevin Joseph Glenn. Esq.
Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi
& Rudloff P.C.
222 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1400
Chicago, Illinois 60601
This action is set for an initial status hearing to be held at 9:15 a.m. March 29, 2017,
which should allow the newly-designated counsel time (1) to communicate with Maethis about
the case, including consideration of filing an amended complaint, (2) to arrange for service of
process through the U.S. Marshals Service and (3) to attend the status hearing to discuss further
proceedings in the action. In that last respect, if defense counsel has filed an appearance before
the status hearing date, attorney Glenn should make an effort to communicate with that counsel
Milton I. Shadur
Senior United States District Judge
Date: February 27, 2017
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