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Nolley v. McLaughlin

United States District Court, M.D. Georgia, Macon Division

July 17, 2018

DARNELL NOLLEY, Plaintiff,
v.
GREGORY MCLAUGHLIN, et al., Defendants.

          ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL IN FORMA PAUPERIS

          TILMAN E. SELF, III, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         Presently pending before the Court is Waseem Daker's (“Movant”) pro se motion for leave to appeal in forma pauperis [Doc. 124], in which Mr. Daker seeks to appeal the Court's August 15, 2017 order adopting the United States Magistrate Judge's recommendation and denying Movant's motion to intervene [Doc. 112].

         Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(1), a court may authorize an appeal of a civil action or proceeding without prepayment of fees or security therefor if the putative appellant has filed “an affidavit that includes a statement of all assets” and “state[s] the nature of the . . . appeal and [the] affiant's belief that the person is entitled to redress.”[1] If the trial court certifies in writing that the appeal is not taken in good faith, however, such appeal may not be taken in forma pauperis. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).[2] “Good faith” means that an issue exists on appeal that is not frivolous under an objective standard. See Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 445 (1962). “An issue is frivolous when it appears that ‘the legal theories are indisputably meritless.'” Ghee v. Retailers Nat'l Bank, 271 Fed.Appx. 858, 859 (11th Cir. 2008) (per curiam) (quoting Carroll v. Gross, 984 F.2d 392, 393 (11th Cir. 1993)).

         In this case, Movant does not provide a statement of the specific issues he intends to present on appeal in his motion for leave to appeal in forma pauperis, see Fed. R. App. P. 24(a)(1)(C), and upon reviewing the record, the Court finds no issues of arguable merit for appeal. See Hyche v. Christensen, 170 F.3d 769, 771 (7th Cir. 1999), overruled on other grounds by Lee v. Clinton, 209 F.3d 1025 (7th Cir. 2000) (explaining that the arguments to be advanced on appeal are often obvious and decisions regarding good faith can be made by looking at the “reasoning of the ruling sought to be appealed” instead of requiring a statement from the plaintiff). Thus, for the reasons contained in the Magistrate Judge's Recommendation [Doc. 109] and the Court's Order adopting the same [Doc. 112], the Court finds that Movant's appeal is not taken in good faith under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3). Movant's motion for leave to appeal IFP [Doc. 124] is accordingly DENIED.

         If Movant wishes to proceed with his appeal, he must pay the entire $505 appellate filing fee. Because Movant has stated that he cannot pay the fee immediately, he must pay using the partial payment plan described under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b). Pursuant to section 1915(b), the prison account custodian where Movant is confined shall cause to be remitted to the Clerk of this Court monthly payments of 20% of the preceding month's income credited to Movant's account (to the extent the account balance exceeds $10) until the $505 appellate filing fee has been paid in full. Checks should be made payable to “Clerk, U.S. District Court.” The Clerk of Court is DIRECTED to send a copy of this Order to the custodian of the prison in which Movant is incarcerated.

         SO ORDERED.

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Notes:

[1]Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 24 similarly requires a party seeking leave to appeal in forma pauperis to file a motion and affidavit that establishes the party's inability to pay fees and costs, the party's belief that he is entitled to redress, and a statement of the issues which the party intends to present on appeal. Fed. R. App. P. 24(a).

[2]The Court also notes that the “three strikes” provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act also prohibits a prisoner from “appeal[ing] a judgment in a civil action or proceeding” in forma pauperis

if the prisoner has, on 3 or more prior occasions, while incarcerated or detained in any facility, brought an action or appeal in a court of the United States that was dismissed on the grounds that it is frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, unless the prisoner is under imminent danger of serious physical injury.

28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). Movant has had more than three of his cases or appeals dismissed on the statutorily-enumerated grounds prior to filing his notice of appeal in this case: Daker v. Mokwa, Order Denying Leave to Proceed IFP, ECF No. 2 in Case No. 2:14-cv-00395-UA-MRW (C.D. Cal. Feb. 4, 2014) (denying leave to proceed in forma pauperis and dismissing case after conducting screening under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B) and finding claims were frivolous and failed to state a claim upon which relief may be granted); Daker v. Warren, Order Dismissing Appeal, Case No. 13-11630 (11th Cir. Mar. 4, 2014) (three-judge panel dismissal of appeal on grounds that appeal was frivolous); Order Dismissing Appeal, Daker v. Warden, Case No. 15-13148 (11th Cir. May 26, 2016) (three-judge panel dismissing appeal as frivolous); Order Dismissing Appeal, Daker v. Commissioner, Case No. 15-11266 (11th Cir. Oct. 7, 2016) (three-judge panel dismissing appeal as frivolous); Order Dismissing Appeal, Daker v. Ferrero, Case No. 15-13176 (11th Cir. Nov. 3, 2016) (three-judge panel dismissing appeal as frivolous); Order Dismissing Appeal, Daker v. Governor, Case No. 15-13179 (11th Cir. Dec. 19, 2016) (three-judge panel dismissing appeal as frivolous). Movant has therefore accrued more than three “strikes” for purposes of § 1915(g), and he is thus precluded from ...


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