Gerald Gilbert v. James Mossbarger, et al
UNPUBLISHED OPINION ORDER FILED. [12-20690 Dismissed as Frivolous] Judge: EHJ , Judge: EBC , Judge: ECP. Mandate pull date is 09/04/2013; denying motion to proceed IFP in accordance with PLRA filed by Appellant Mr. Gerald Gilbert [7318349-2]; denying motion to appoint counsel filed by Appellant Mr. Gerald Gilbert [7223412-2] [12-20690]
Date Filed: 08/14/2013
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
United States Court of Appeals
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
August 14, 2013
Lyle W. Cayce
Warden JAMES W. MOSSBARGER; RODNEY E. DeWALT; MARY E.
CARROLL, Grievance Investigator II,
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Southern District of Texas
USDC No. 4:11-CV-4048
Before JONES, CLEMENT, and PRADO, Circuit Judges.
Gerald Gilbert, Texas prisoner # 1236206, moves for the appointment of
counsel and for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (IFP) on appeal from the
denial of the motion for reconsideration that he filed after the district court
dismissed his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action as frivolous. By moving to proceed IFP,
Gilbert challenges the district court’s certification that his appeal is not taken
in good faith. Baugh v. Taylor, 117 F.3d 197, 202 (5th Cir. 1997).
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 R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR.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: 08/14/2013
To proceed IFP, a litigant must be economically eligible, and the appeal
must be taken in good faith. Carson v. Polley, 689 F.2d 562, 586 (5th Cir. 1982).
An appeal is taken in good faith if it raises legal points that are arguable on the
merits and thus nonfrivolous. Howard v. King, 707 F.2d 215, 220 (5th Cir.
Gilbert’s appeal from the denial of his motion for reconsideration does not
bring up his underlying judgment for review. See Bailey v. Cain, 609 F.3d 763,
767 (5th Cir. 2010). Because he has not shown that the district court abused its
discretion in denying his motion for reconsideration, see id., Gilbert has not
established that he will raise a nonfrivolous appellate issue. See Howard, 707
F.2d at 220. Accordingly, we deny his motion to proceed IFP on appeal and
dismiss his appeal as frivolous. See Baugh, 117 F.3d at 202 n.24; 5TH CIR.
The dismissal of Gilbert’s § 1983 action as frivolous and the dismissal of
his appeal as frivolous count as two strikes for purposes of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
See Adepegba v. Hammons, 103 F.3d 383, 388 (5th Cir. 1996). Gilbert is
cautioned that if he accumulates three strikes under § 1915(g), he will not be
allowed to proceed IFP in any civil action or appeal, filed while he is incarcerated
or detained in any facility, unless he “is under imminent danger of serious
physical injury.” See § 1915(g).
Finally, Gilbert has not shown “exceptional circumstances” warranting the
appointment of counsel. Cooper v. Sheriff, Lubbock Cnty., Texas, 929 F.2d 1078,
1084 (5th Cir. 1991). Accordingly, we deny his motion for the appointment of
MOTIONS DENIED; APPEAL DISMISSED; SANCTION WARNING
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