Antywane Williams v. Judge Cox, et al
UNPUBLISHED OPINION ORDER FILED. [17-30304 Dismissed as Frivolous] Judge: JES , Judge: JLW , Judge: CH Mandate issue date is 12/06/2017; denying motion to proceed IFP in accordance with PLRA filed by Appellant Mr. Antywane Eric Williams [8486972-2] [17-30304]
Date Filed: 11/14/2017
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
United States Court of Appeals
Fif h Circuit
November 14, 2017
ANTYWANE ERIC WILLIAMS,
Lyle W. Cayce
JUDGE COX; DISTRICT ATTORNEY JACOBS; COUNSELOR BOBIER;
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Western District of Louisiana
USDC No. 5:15-CV-2805
Before SMITH, WIENER, and HAYNES, Circuit Judges.
PER CURIAM: *
Antywane Eric Williams, Louisiana prisoner # 463325, proceeding pro se
and in forma pauperis (IFP), filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint alleging that
Judge Jeffrey S. Cox, Assistant District Attorney Charles Jacobs, and
attorneys Kila Bobier and Pamela Smart violated his civil rights during his
criminal trial. The district court dismissed the complaint with prejudice as
frivolous pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e), and this court dismissed the appeal
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 R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH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: 11/14/2017
for want of prosecution. Williams returned to the district court and filed a
motion for relief from judgment or order, which the district court denied.
Williams noticed his appeal and moved for leave to proceed IFP on appeal. The
district court denied the IFP motion and certified that the appeal was not taken
in good faith. Williams now moves this court for authorization to proceed IFP.
We construe Williams’s motion as a challenge to the district court’s
certification decision. See Baugh v. Taylor, 117 F.3d 197, 202 (5th Cir. 1997).
Our inquiry into whether the appeal is taken in 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). Williams has not shown that
the district court erred in certifying that his appeal was not taken in good faith,
thus, we need not address the question of whether he qualifies financially. See
Baugh, 117 F.3d at 202. Accordingly, his IFP motion is DENIED, and the
appeal is DISMISSED AS FRIVOLOUS. See Baugh, 117 F.3d at 202; 5TH CIR.
The dismissal of Williams’s § 1983 complaint as frivolous, and the
dismissal of this appeal as frivolous each count as a strike pursuant to
§ 1915(g). See Adepegba v. Hammons, 103 F.3d 383, 385-87 (5th Cir. 1996).
Accordingly, Williams is WARNED that if he accumulates three strikes, he will
not be able 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).
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