Christy v. Howell et al
ORDER denying 1 Motion/Application for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis; Payment of filing fees due 11/30/2020. Petitioner must also file an AMENDED petition on the proper forms. The Clerk shall send TWO copies of this order and the blank forms to Mr Christy. Signed by Judge Gloria M. Navarro on 10/15/2020. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF; TWO copies of the order and blank 2241 petition forms and instructions mailed to P this date - DRS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
DERRELL LEE CHRISTY,
Case No. 2:20-cv-01674-GMN-EJY
HOWELL, et al.,
Petitioner Derrell Lee Christy, a Nevada state prisoner proceeding pro se, has filed a
Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (ECF No. 1-1) pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. Currently before
the Court is Christy’s Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (ECF No. 1).
Under 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a) and the Judicial Conference Schedule of Fees, a $5.00 filing
fee is required to initiate a habeas action in a federal district court. A federal district court may
authorize a person to begin an action without prepaying fees and costs if the person submits an IFP
application on the approved form along with the appropriate supporting documentation. 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(a); LSR 1-1, LSR 1-2.
Although Christy submitted the required form, the supporting documents show he is able
to pay the $5.00 filing fee. Thus, Christy does not qualify for a fee waiver. The Court therefore
denies his IFP application and gives Christy 45 days to pay the filing fee.
Additionally, Christy has not filed his petition on the appropriate form or in substantial
compliance with the form. His petition (ECF No. 1-1) indicates it was filed under 28 U.S.C.
§ 2241. However, he is in custody pursuant to a state court judgment of conviction, so the only
proper basis for his claims is 28 U.S.C. § 2254. See White v. Lambert, 370 F.3d 1002, 1005–07
(9th Cir. 2004), overruled on other grounds by Hayward v. Marshall, 603 F.3d 546, 555 (9th Cir.
2010) (en banc). The form is important as it provides the Court with necessary information to
conduct preliminary review of the petition. Christy must therefore file an amended petition on the
§ 2254 form for state prisoners. In doing so, Christy is advised to follow the instructions on the
form and to refrain from lengthy legal or factual argument. The amended petition must be a
complete document in and of itself and will supersede the original petition in its entirety. Any
allegations or requests for relief from prior papers that are not carried forward in the amended
petition will not be considered.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED:
1. Petitioner Derrell Lee Christy’s Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (ECF
No. 1) is DENIED.
2. By November 30, 2020, Christy must (a) pay the $5.00 filing fee; and (b) file an
amended petition that corrects the noted deficiencies.1
3. The Clerk of Court is instructed to MAIL Christy two copies of this order and the form
petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 along with
instructions. Christy must make the necessary arrangements to have a copy of this
order attached to the check for the filing fee.
4. Christy must clearly title the amended petition as such by writing the word
“AMENDED” immediately above “Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to
28 U.S.C. § 2254” on the first page, and including 2:20-cv-01674-GMN-EJY in the
space for the case number (“CASE NO.”).
5. The initial screening of Christy’s petition for writ of habeas corpus under the Rules
Governing Section 2254 Cases is deferred to until such time as he has fully complied
with this order.
6. Failure to timely comply with this order will result in the dismissal of this action
without further advance notice.
DATED: October 15, 2020
GLORIA M. NAVARRO
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Christy at all times remains responsible for calculating the running of the federal limitation period under
28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)(1) and timely asserting claims. By ordering Christy to amend his petition, the Court
makes no finding or representation that either the original or amended petition will be considered timely.
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