Lane, Ronald v. Pollard, William
ORDER that a decision whether petitioner may proceed in forma pauperison appeal is stayed. Petitioner may have until October 18, 2011 in which to submit a six-month trust fund account statement. Signed by District Judge Barbara B. Crabb on 9/26/2011. (jef),(ps)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - RONALD P. LANE,
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - On September 1, 2011, I denied petitioner Ronald Lane’s petition for a writ of habeas
corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 and denied his request for a certificate of appealability. Now
petitioner has filed a notice of appeal. Because plaintiff has not paid the $455 filing fee for
filing an appeal, I will construe his notice of appeal as a request to proceed in forma pauperis
Petitioner's appeal is not subject to the 1996 Prison Litigation Reform Act. Walker
v. O'Brien, 216 F.3d 626, 628-629 (7th Cir. 2000) ("the PLRA does not apply to any
requests for collateral relief under 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241, 2254, or 2255"). Nevertheless, in
determining whether a petitioner is eligible for indigent status on appeal under 28 U.S.C. §
1915, the court must find both that the petitioner does not have the means to pay the $455
fee for filing his appeal and that the appeal is taken in good faith. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(1)
and (3). I do not intend to certify that petitioner’s appeal is not taken in good faith.
In determining whether a habeas corpus petitioner is eligible for pauper status, the
court applies the formula set out in 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1).
Specifically, from the
petitioner’s trust fund account statement for the six-month period immediately preceding
the filing of his appeal, I add the deposits made to petitioner’s account and calculate 20%
of the greater of the average monthly deposits or the average monthly balance in the account.
If the 20% figure is more than the fee petitioner owes for filing his appeal, he may not
proceed in forma pauperis. If the 20% figure is less than $455, he must prepay whatever
portion of the fee the calculation yields.
I cannot tell whether petitioner qualifies for indigent status on appeal because he has
not submitted a trust fund account statement for the six-month period immediately
preceding the filing of his notice of appeal. Therefore, I will stay a decision on petitioner’s
request for leave to proceed in forma pauperis pending his submission of the necessary trust
fund account statement.
IT IS ORDERED that a decision whether petitioner may proceed in forma pauperis
on appeal is STAYED. Petitioner may have until October 18, 2011 in which to submit a
trust fund account statement for the six-month period beginning approximately March 22,
2011 and ending approximately September 22, 2011. If, by October 18, 2011, petitioner
fails to submit the necessary trust fund account statement, I will deny his request for leave
to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal for his failure to show that he is entitled to indigent
status on appeal.
Entered this 26th day of September, 2011.
BY THE COURT:
BARBARA B. CRABB
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