Thompson v. Reeves et al (INMATE 1)
ORDER: This cause is now before the Court on Plaintiff's 7 Notice of Appeal, and the 9 Motion for Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis. It is CONSIDERED and ORDERED that the Plaintiff's 9 Motion for Leave to Appeal in Forma Pauperis be and the same is hereby DENIED; and that the Plaintiff's 7 Notice of Appeal be and the same is hereby CERTIFIED, pursuant to 28 U.S.C.A. § 1915(a), as not taken in good faith. Signed by Chief Judge William Keith Watkins on 7/15/2011. (dmn)
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
BEN C. REEVES, JR., et al.,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:11cv288-ID
This cause is now before the Court on Plaintiff’s Notice of Appeal, (Doc. #7), and the
Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Appeal in Forma Pauperis, (Doc. #9).
Title 28 U.S.C.A. § 1915(a) provides that “[a]n appeal may not be taken in forma
pauperis if the trial court certifies in writing that it is not taken in good faith.” In making this
determination as to good faith, a court must use an objective standard, such as whether the
appeal is “frivolous,” Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 445, 82 S. Ct. 917, 921
(1962), or “has no substantive merit.” United States v. Bottoson, 644 F.2d 1174, 1176 (5th
Cir. Unit B May 15, 1981) (per curiam), cert. denied, 454 U.S. 903, 102 S. Ct. 411 (1981)1 ;
see also Rudolph v. Allen, 666 F.2d 519, 520 (11th Cir. 1982) (per curiam), cert. denied, 457
U.S. 1122, 102 S. Ct. 2938 (1982); Morris v. Ross, 663 F.2d 1032 (11th Cir. 1981), cert.
See Bonner v. City of Prichard, 661 F.2d 1206 (11th Cir. 1981) (en banc) (adopting as
binding precedent all of the decisions of the former Fifth Circuit handed down prior to the close
of business on September 30, 1981).
denied, 456 U.S. 1010, 102 S. Ct. 2303 (1982).
The Plaintiff wishes to appeal this Court’s previous order dismissing his case without
prejudice. (Doc. #5). The Court has reviewed the file in this case and is unable to find a
valid basis for appeal. Applying the “good faith” standard set forth above, the Court finds
that the Plaintiff’s appeal is without a legal or factual basis and, accordingly, is frivolous and
not taken in good faith. See, e.g., Rudolph v. Allan, supra; Brown v. Pena, 441 F. Supp. 1382
(S.D. Fla. 1977), aff’d without opinion, 589 F.2d 1113 (5th Cir. 1979).
Accordingly, it is CONSIDERED and ORDERED
1. that the Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Appeal in Forma Pauperis, (Doc. #9), be
and the same is hereby DENIED; and
2. that the Plaintiff’s appeal be and the same is hereby CERTIFIED, pursuant to 28
U.S.C.A. § 1915(a), as not taken in good faith.
Done this the 15th day of July, 2011.
/s/ W. Keith Watkins
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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