IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
June 13, 2006
PAUL JAMES UPSHER, PETITIONER
DAVID GOODE, SUPERINTENDENT, CHIEF JUDGE DONETTA STEPHEN APALLA, THE DISTRICT W. AMBROSE/MAGISTRATE ATTORNEY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY, JUDGE LISA PUPO LENIHAN AND JERRY PAPPERT, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF PENNSYLVANIA, RESPONDENTS
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Donetta W. Ambrose Chief United States District Judge
Paul James Upsher ("Petitioner") sent the instant habeas petition in to the Clerk's Office on November 10, 2004.
Because he did not pay the filing fee nor did he request in forma pauperis status ("IFP"), the habeas petition was not docketed.
However, the court did order that Petitioner either pay the filing fee or request IFP status. Doc. 1. Subsequently, the court received an unsigned motion and declaration in support of motion to proceed IFP. Because it was unsigned it was not docketed.
This case has been in limbo since then. In order to expedite the disposition of this case, the Court will deem Petitioner's flawed attempt to request IFP status sufficient, and hereby order that Plaintiff be GRANTED IFP status, and the Cler is hereby directed to docket the habeas petition.
In accordance with the Magistrates Act, 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A), and Local Rule 72.1.3, the parties are allowed ten (10) days from the date of service to file an appeal from this order to the District Court. Any opposing party shall have seven (7) days from the date of service of the appeal to respond thereto.
Failure to timely file an appeal may constitute a waiver of any appellate rights.
Lisa Pupo Lenihan Lisa Pupo Lenihan U.S. Magistrate Judge
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