Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Clifford Frederick Weeks is an impoverished plaintiff with a sense of honor, or maybe it's a sense of humor.
Mr. Weeks brought suit recently against New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine and others. In his suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C,, Mr. Weeks complained that New Jersey and Florida officials had denied him a driver's license. He filed his suit along with a petition to proceed in forma pauperis, which means he shouldn't have to pay the usual filing fee.
It gets a bit complicated, as such lawsuits often will. But here's the thing: In a noble gesture, Mr. Weeks also included a 1932 silver dollar with his filing. Doing his part, one might say.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle said thanks-but-no-thanks. Huvelle dismissed the complaint, as out of place in federal court; her order included, as well, the statement that the court will "return the 1932 silver dollar to the plaintiff." Which, given the state of the economy, might well come in handy soon.