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Marcie K. Taysom v. Bannock County

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF IDAHO


February 7, 2012

MARCIE K. TAYSOM, PLAINTIFF,
v.
BANNOCK COUNTY, AN IDAHO POLITICAL SUBDIVISION; SHERIFF LOREN NIELSEN, IN HIS OFFICIAL AND INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY; JACOB MICHAELSON, IN HIS OFFICIAL AND INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY; KEVIN FONNESBECK, IN HIS OFFICIAL AND INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY;
ELLIE PETERSON, IN HER OFFICIAL AND INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: B. Lynn Winmill Chief Judge United States District Court

MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER

INTRODUCTION

The Court has before it Plaintiff Marcie K. Taysom's Request for Waiver of Bond Pursuant to I.C. § 31-3220 (Dkt. 3). The Court has reviewed the record and determined that oral argument will not aid the decisional process. The Motion is therefore at issue. For the reasons set forth below, the Court will grant the Motion.

ANALYSIS

I.C. § 6--610(2) requires a plaintiff to post bond before it initiates suit against a law enforcement officer. A court, however, may waive costs, fees and security for indigents.

I.C. § 31-3220. If a party files an affidavit stating that she is indigent and unable to pay the costs, fees and security associated with her case, the court can waive costs, fees and security if it finds, after informal inquiry, that the party is indigent. See Idaho Code § 31-3220(2).

On January 17, 2012, simultaneous with the filing of the Complaint, Plaintiff Marcie K. Taysom filed a Request for Waiver of Bond Pursuant to Idaho Code § 31-3220*fn1 and an affidavit claiming she is indigent. She includes in her affidavit her full legal name, her income, her spouse's income, the real and personal property she owns, her cash and checking accounts, her dependents, her debts, her monthly expenses, the nature of the action, and the basis for redress as required by Idaho Code § 31-3220A. Taysom states her income is $2000 a month from unemployment benefits, which will end February 18, 2012, and her expenses are $2000. She further states that she owns no real property, has no spouse, she has two dependents, and she has $60,000 in student debt. Her affidavit suggests she meets the standard for indigence. The Court will therefore grant her motion to waive the bond.

ORDER

IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff Marcie K. Taysom's Request for Waiver of Bond Pursuant to I.C. § 31-3220 (Dkt. 3)isGRANTED.


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