Bolden #522307 v. McKee

Filing 3

ORDER DENYING IFP: petitioner to pay the entire fee of $ 5.00 within 28 days or the case will be dismissed;(filing fee to be submitted by 12/21/2011) ; signed by Chief Judge Paul L. Maloney (Chief Judge Paul L. Maloney, aeb)

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION TERRANCE D. BOLDEN, Petitioner, Case No. 1:11-cv-1197 v. Honorable Paul L. Maloney KENNETH T. MCKEE, Respondent. ____________________________________/ ORDER DENYING APPLICATION TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS This is a habeas corpus action brought by a state prisoner pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Petitioner has requested leave of court to proceed in forma pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(1) and has filed an affidavit of indigence. The filing fee for a habeas corpus action is $5.00. 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a). The Court should only grant leave to proceed in forma pauperis when it reasonably appears that paying the cost of this filing fee would impose an undue financial hardship. Prows v. Kastner, 842 F.2d 138, 140 (5th Cir. 1988). It is not unreasonable to require a prisoner to devote a small portion of his discretionary funds to defray a fraction of the costs of his litigation. See Lumbert v. Ill. Dep’t of Corr., 827 F.2d 257, 267 (7th Cir. 1987). Petitioner has filed a trust account statement, which shows that in April 2011, Petitioner had an account balance of $51.13. As of October 21, 2011, shortly before he filed his petition, Petitioner had a balance of $87.71. Petitioner’s financial documents indicate that he has sufficient resources to pay the $5.00 filing fee. Therefore, Petitioner is not entitled to proceed in forma pauperis in this action. Petitioner has 28 days from the date of entry of this order to pay the $5.00 filing fee. If Petitioner fails to pay the filing fee within the 28-day period, his case will be dismissed without prejudice. Accordingly: IT IS ORDERED that Petitioner’s application for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (docket #2) is DENIED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that within 28 days hereof, Petitioner shall pay the $5.00 filing fee to the Clerk of this Court. Petitioner’s failure to comply with this order will result in dismissal of this case without prejudice. Dated: November 23, 2011 /s/ Paul L. Maloney Paul L. Maloney Chief United States District Judge SEND REMITTANCES TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS: Clerk, U.S. District Court 399 Federal Building 110 Michigan Street, NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 All checks or other forms of payment shall be payable to “Clerk, U.S. District Court.” -2-

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