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Townsend v. Solano

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


August 27, 2009

WILLIAM TOWNSEND, JR., PLAINTIFF,
v.
C.S.P. SOLANO, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Robert J Bryan United States District Judge

ORDER

This matter comes before the court on an application to proceed in forma pauperis (Dkt. 24) and a letter to the Clerk from plaintiff (Dkt. 25). The court has reviewed the documents and the remainder of the file herein.

On February 22, 2009, the court entered an order, dismissing plaintiff's civil rights case without prejudice, pursuant to the screening provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. Dkt. 20. Judgment was entered on February 23, 2009. Dkt. 21.

On August 3, 2009, the Clerk received a letter from plaintiff, stating that the prison was not completing his trust account statement in a timely manner. Dkt. 22. Plaintiff stated that, because he could not receive a trust account statement, he was unable to complete an application to proceed in forma pauperis, which he needed in order to file a case against the prison. Dkt. 22. Plaintiff stated that "[i]t's concerning case # CIV-09-1177RJB, denied without prejudice 2-23-09." Dkt. 22.

On August 5, 2009, the court issued an order, informing plaintiff of the following: This case--CIV 08-1177RJB--is closed. If plaintiff wishes to file a civil action against the prison, he must file a new case. If plaintiff is having difficulty obtaining his trust account statement, he may wish to pursue the prison's grievance procedure. The court in this case, CIV 08-1177RJB, will take no action on plaintiff's letter. Dkt. 23.

On August 25, 2009, plaintiff filed an application to proceed in forma pauperis, identifying the case number in this case (CIV 08-1177RJB) as the "Old #". Dkt. 24, at 1. In a letter accompanying the application to proceed in forma pauperis, plaintiff informed the court that he would mail copies of the complaint, exhibits, and a motion for appointment of counsel soon. Dkt. 25.

As plaintiff was previously informed by the court, CIV 08-1177RJB, is closed. This application to proceed in forma pauperis should be assigned a new case number and should proceed as a new case.

Accordingly, the Clerk is directed to process Dkts. 24 and 25 as a new case. The court in this case (CIV 08-1177RJB) will take no action on Dkts. 24 and 25.

The Clerk is directed to send uncertified copies of this Order to all counsel of record and to any party appearing pro se at said party's last known address.

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