United States District Court, D. New Jersey
June 27, 2014
JOHN FITZGERALD, Petitioner,
STEPFIEN D'ILIO, et al., Respondents.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
KEVIN McNULTY, District Judge.
Pro se Petitioner, John Fitzgerald, a prisoner confined at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, New Jersey, seeks to bring a habeas petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Local Civil Rule 81.2 provides:
Unless prepared by counsel, petitions to this Court for a writ of habeas corpus ... shall be in writing (legibly handwritten in ink or. typewritten), signed by the petitioner or movant, on forms supplied by the Clerk.
L.Civ.R. 81.2(a). Petitioner did not use the habeas form supplied by the Clerk for section 2254 petitions. Accordingly, this matter will be administratively terminated. Petitioner may, if he wishes, resubmit his habeas petition on the proper form, a copy of which will be supplied with this order.
IT IS this 27th day of June, 2014,
ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall administratively terminate this case; Petitioner is informed that administrative termination is not a "dismissaL" for purposes of the statute of limitations, and that if the case is reopened, it is not subject to the statute of limitations time bar if it was timely when originally filed, see Papotto v. Hartford Life & Ace. Ins, Co. , 731 F.3d 265, 275 (3d Cir. 2013) (distinguishing administrative terminations from dismissals); Jenkins v. Superintendent Laurel Iiighiands , 705 F.3d 80, 84 n.2 (3d Cir. 2013) (describing prisoner mailbox rule generally); and it is further
ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall forward Petitioner a blank habeas petition form&mdashAO 241 (modified): DNJ-I-Iabeas-008 (Rev.01-2014); and it is further
ORDERED that the Clerk's service of the blank habeas petition form shall not be construed as a finding that the original petition is or is not timely, or that Petitioner's claims are or are not duly exhausted; and it is further
ORDERED that Petitioner wishes to reopen this case, he shall so notify the Court, in writing addressed to the Clerk of the Court, Martin Luther King Building & U.S. Courthouse, 50 Walnut Street, Newark, New Jersey 07101, within thirty (30) days of the date of entry of this Memorandum and Order; Petitioner's writing shall include a complete, signed habeas petition on the appropriate form; and it is further
ORDERED that upon receipt of a writing from Petitioner stating that he wishes to reopen this case, and a complete, signed petition, the Clerk of the Court will be directed to reopen this case; and it is finally
ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall serve a copy of this Memorandum and Order and a blank habeas petition form-AO 241 (modified): DNJ-Habeas-008 (Rev.01-2014) upon Petitioner by regular U.S. mail.