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Dellobuono v. Warden of Southwoods State Prison

United States District Court, D. New Jersey

July 27, 2015

JOHN DELLOBUONO, Petitioner,
v.
WARDEN OF SOUTHWOODS STATE PRISON, et al., Respondents.

John Dellobuono, Bridgeton, NJ, Petitioner Pro se.

OPINION

NOEL L. HILLMAN, District Judge.

Petitioner John Dellobuono, a prisoner confined at Southwoods State Prison in Bridgeton, New Jersey, files this writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. ยง 2254, challenging his 2008 New Jersey state court conviction.

The filing fee for a petition for writ of habeas corpus is $5.00. Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 54.3(a), the filing fee is required to be paid at the time the petition is presented for filing. Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 81.2(b), whenever a prisoner submits a petition for writ of habeas and seeks to proceed in forma pauperis, that petitioner must submit (a) an affidavit setting forth information which establishes that the petitioner is unable to pay the fees and costs of the proceedings, and (b) a certification signed by an authorized officer of the institution certifying (1) the amount presently on deposit in the prisoner's prison account and, (2) the greatest amount on deposit in the prisoners institutional account during the six-month period prior to the date of the certification. If the institutional account of the petitioner exceeds $200, the petitioner shall not be considered eligible to proceed in forma pauperis. L. CIV. R. 81.2(c).

Although Petitioner submitted a complete in forma pauperis application, his certified prison account statement indicates that the greatest amount on deposit in his account during the six-month period prior to the date of the certification was $287.97. Furthermore, as of June 18, 2015, Petitioner's account balance was $232.69. As stated above, pursuant to Local Civil Rule 81.2(c), a petitioner shall not be considered eligible to proceed in forma pauperis if the institutional account of the petitioner exceeds $200. Therefore, Petitioner in this case is ineligible for in forma pauperis status and his request will be denied.

Accordingly, this matter will be administratively terminated for failure to satisfy the filing fee requirement. Petitioner will be granted leave to apply to reopen by paying the $5.00 filing fee for a habeas petition as required by Local Civil Rule 54.3(a).

CONCLUSION

For the reasons set forth above, the Clerk of the Court will be ordered to administratively terminate this action without prejudice.[1] Petitioner will be granted leave to apply to reopen within 30 days, by prepaying the filing fee.

An appropriate Order will be entered.


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