Frank Carter v. Lorie Davis, Director
UNPUBLISHED OPINION ORDER FILED. [16-11296 Dismissed as Frivolous] Judge: JLD , Judge: LHS , Judge: SAH Mandate pull date is 11/07/2017; denying motion to proceed IFP filed by Appellant Mr. Frank Dwight Carter [8360473-2] [16-11296]
Date Filed: 10/17/2017
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
United States Court of Appeals
October 17, 2017
Lyle W. Cayce
FRANK DWIGHT CARTER,
LORIE DAVIS, DIRECTOR, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL
JUSTICE, CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS DIVISION,
Appeals from the United States District Court
for the Northern District of Texas
USDC No. 5:16-CV-187
Before DENNIS, SOUTHWICK, and HIGGINSON, Circuit Judges.
PER CURIAM: *
Frank Dwight Carter, former Texas prisoner # 561942, moves for leave
to proceed in forma pauperis (IFP) in this appeal of the sua sponte dismissal of
his case. The motion is a challenge to the district court’s certification that the
appeal is not taken in good faith. See Baugh v. Taylor, 117 F.3d 197, 202 (5th
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 R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH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. R. 47.5.4.
Date Filed: 10/17/2017
Carter fails to address the district court’s reasons for finding his case to
be frivolous. Pro se briefs are afforded liberal construction. See Yohey v.
Collins, 985 F.2d 222, 225 (5th Cir. 1993). Nevertheless, when an appellant
fails to identify any error in the district court’s analysis, it is the same as if the
appellant had not appealed the decision. Brinkmann v. Dallas Cty. Deputy
Sheriff Abner, 813 F.2d 744, 748 (5th Cir. 1987).
Because Carter has failed to challenge any factual or legal aspect of the
district court’s disposition of his claims or the certification that his appeal is
not taken in good faith, he has abandoned the critical issue of his appeal. See
id. Thus, the appeal lacks arguable merit. See Howard v. King, 707 F.2d 215,
220 (5th Cir. 1983).
Accordingly, the motion for leave to proceed IFP is
DENIED, and the APPEAL IS DISMISSED as frivolous. See Baugh, 117 F.3d
at 202 n.24; 5TH CIR. R. 42.2. Carter is WARNED that filing further frivolous
appeals will subject him to sanctions. See FED. R. APP. P. 38; Clark v. Green,
814 F.2d 221, 223 (5th Cir. 1987).
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