Vincent Bazemore, Jr. v. USA
UNPUBLISHED OPINION ORDER FILED. [12-10076 Dismissed as Frivolous] Judge: CDK , Judge: EGJ , Judge: JEG. Mandate pull date is 08/09/2012; denying motion to proceed IFP filed by Appellant Mr. Vincent John Bazemore, Jr. [7010260-2] [12-10076]
Date Filed: 06/18/2012
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
United States Court of Appeals
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
June 18, 2012
Lyle W. Cayce
VINCENT JOHN BAZEMORE, JR.,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Northern District of Texas
USDC No. 3:11-CV-2049
Before KING, JOLLY, and GRAVES, Circuit Judges.
Vincent John Bazemore, Jr., federal prisoner # 37160-177, moves for leave
to proceed in forma pauperis (IFP) on appeal from the district court’s denial of
his petition for a writ of audita querela challenging the restitution order imposed
in connection with his 2009 conviction for securities fraud. Bazemore contends
that the district court lacked the authority to impose restitution in connection
with his conviction, but that assuming the court had such authority, the
determination as to the amount of restitution was improper. Because the
Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR.
Date Filed: 06/18/2012
amended judgment which included the restitution order was entered three
months after the original judgment, Bazemore contends his argument presents
a legal defense arising after the judgment and was therefore properly brought
in a petition for a writ of audita querela. Further, Bazemore argues that he has
no other adequate remedy for relief and that it would be a miscarriage of justice
to refuse to consider his claim. Additionally, he contends that the district court
erred by not liberally construing his petition as a petition for a writ of
By moving for leave to proceed IFP on appeal, Bazemore is challenging the
district court’s certification that his appeal presents no nonfrivolous issues and
is not taken in good faith. See Baugh v. Taylor, 117 F.3d 197, 202 (5th Cir.
1997). Bazemore’s attack on the authority of the district court to impose
restitution and his challenge to the amount of restitution ordered are not legal
defenses that arose after the judgment. See United States v. Miller, 599 F.3d
484, 487 (5th Cir. 2010). Additionally, equitable grounds will not justify a writ
of audita querela. Id. Therefore, the district court correctly denied Bazemore’s
petition. Bazemore’s argument regarding the request for mandamus relief was
not raised in the district court and will not be considered on appeal. See
Leverette v. Louisville Ladder Co., 183 F.3d 339, 342 (5th Cir. 1999)
In light of the foregoing, Bazemore’s IFP motion fails to show error in the
district court’s certification decision and fails to show that he will raise a
nonfrivolous issue on appeal. See Baugh, 117 F.3d at 202; Howard v. King, 707
F.2d 215, 220 (5th Cir. 1983). Therefore, Bazemore’s motion for leave to proceed
IFP on appeal is denied and his appeal is dismissed as frivolous. See Baugh, 117
F.3d at 202 & n.24; 5TH CIR. R. 42.2.
IFP DENIED; APPEAL DISMISSED.
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