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Faisil Lodhi v. State Parole Board of New Jersey and Thomas Haaf

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY


September 29, 2011

FAISIL LODHI, PLAINTIFF,
v.
STATE PAROLE BOARD OF NEW JERSEY AND THOMAS HAAF
DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Thompson, U.S.D.J.

MEMORANDUM & ORDER

Plaintiff, Faisal Lodhi, an inmate presently confined at the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, New Jersey, seeks to bring a 14th Amendment Due Process claim against the State Parole Board of New Jersey and Thomas Haaf, a member of Lodhi's parole hearing panel. Lodhi seeks damages for injuries arising out of an incident in which he was allegedly asked improper questions regarding his religious beliefs. It is claimed that these questions caused him to be discriminated against.

Plaintiff has submitted an application to proceed in forma pauperis, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ' 1915, in the form of an application to proceed in forma pauperis supplied by state prison officials.

A prisoner bringing a civil action in forma pauperis must submit an affidavit, including a statement of all assets, which states that the prisoner is unable to pay the fee. 28 U.S.C. ' 1915(a)(1). The prisoner also must submit a certified copy of his inmate trust fund account statement for the 6-month period immediately preceding the filing of his complaint. Id. '

1915(a)(2). The prisoner must obtain this statement from the appropriate official of each prison or institutional facility at which he was or is confined. Id.

Even if the prisoner is granted in forma pauperis status, the prisoner must pay the full amount of the $350 filing fee. Id. ' 1915(b)(1). Specifically, in each month that the amount in the prisoner's account exceeds $10.00, the agency having custody of the prisoner shall assess, deduct from the prisoner=s account, and forward to the Clerk of the Court payment equal to 20% of the preceding month's income credited to the prisoner=s account until the $350.00 filing fee is paid. Id. ' 1915(b)(2).

Plaintiff may not have known when he submitted his Complaint that he must pay the filing fee, and that even if the full filing fee, or any part of it, has been paid, the Court must dismiss the case if it finds that the action is (1) frivolous or malicious; (2) fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted; or (3) seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. ' 1915(e)(2)(B). If the Court dismisses the case for any of these reasons, the law does not permit the prisoner to get his filing fee back.

In this case, Plaintiff failed to submit a complete in forma pauperis application as required by 28 U.S.C. ' 1915(a)(1). In particular, Plaintiff's in forma pauperis application lacks a signed certification of his prison account statement from an authorized officer at each of the correctional facilities where he is either presently confined or has been confined in the preceding six months as prescribed under 28 U.S.C. ' 1915(a)(2).

IT IS, therefore, on this 29th day of September, 2011

ORDERED that Petitioner=s application to proceed in forma pauperis [docket # 1-1] is hereby DENIED without prejudice; and it is further

ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall supply to Petitioner a blank form Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis; and it is further

ORDERED that if Petitioner wishes to proceed he is to notify the Court in writing addressed to the Clerk of the Court, 402 East State Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08608, within 30 days of the date of entry of this Order; Petitioner=s writing shall include either (1) a complete in forma pauperis application, including an affidavit of indigence, and six-month prison account statement from each correctional institution where he had been confined during this period, signed and certified by an authorized officer of each of those institutions, and an affidavit stating the issues that he intends to present, or (2) the $350 filing fee; and it is further

ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall serve a copy of this Order upon Petitioner by regular U.S. mail.

ANNE E. THOMPSON, U.S.D.J.

20110929

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