James Woodley v. M. Carvajal, et al
UNPUBLISHED OPINION ORDER FILED. [16-31209 Dismissed as Frivolous ] Judge: JLD , Judge: LHS , Judge: SAH Mandate pull date is 10/16/2017; denying motion to proceed IFP filed by Appellant Mr. James Arthur Woodley [8384018-2] [16-31209]
Date Filed: 08/24/2017
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
United States Court of Appeals
August 24, 2017
Lyle W. Cayce
JAMES ARTHUR WOODLEY,
M.D. CARVAJAL, Warden, United States Penitentiary, Pollock;
ADMINISTRATION OF UNITED STATES PENITENTIARY POLLOCK,
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Western District of Louisiana
USDC No. 1:16-CV-1104
Before DENNIS, SOUTHWICK and HIGGINSON, Circuit Judges.
PER CURIAM: *
James Arthur Woodley, federal prisoner # 83958-079, seeks leave to
appeal in forma pauperis (IFP) from the dismissal of his 28 U.S.C. § 2241
petition. We will not grant the motion unless Woodley shows that he has at
least one nonfrivolous appellate claim and thus is taking the appeal in good
faith. See Baugh v. Taylor, 117 F.3d 197, 202 (5th Cir. 1997). Our inquiry into
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 R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH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: 08/24/2017
an appellant’s good faith “is limited to whether the appeal involves legal points
arguable on their merits (and therefore not frivolous).” Howard v. King, 707
F.2d 215, 220 (5th Cir. 1983) (internal quotation marks and citation omitted).
Woodley has not met this standard.
Woodley has shown no error in the district court’s reasoning and thus
has not shown that he has a nonfrivolous appellate claim. Because the claims
raised in his § 2241 petition concern his conviction and sentence, rather than
the manner in which his sentence is being executed, they arise under 28 U.S.C.
§ 2255, not § 2241. See Tolliver v. Dobre, 211 F.3d 876, 877 (5th Cir. 2000);
Reyes-Requena v. United States, 243 F.3d 893, 900 (5th Cir. 2001).
Additionally, he has not shown that he is entitled to proceed under the savings
clause of § 2255(e), as he has not cited a retroactively applicable Supreme
Court case showing that he was convicted of a nonexistent offense. See ReyesRequena, 243 F.3d at 904. Because he has not raised a viable § 2241 claim,
there is no error in the denial of his motion for appointed counsel. See 18 U.S.C.
In sum, Woodley has failed to raise a nonfrivolous appellate claim.
Accordingly, his motion to proceed IFP on appeal is DENIED. Because this
appeal is frivolous, it is DISMISSED. See Baugh, 117 F.3d at 202 & n.24; 5TH
CIR. R. 42.2.
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