Devine v. Walker et al
ORDER declining to adopt 39 Report and Recommendation; granting 38 Motion for Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on October 7, 2019. (mll)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
Case No. 4:18-cv-4156
WARDEN JEFFIE WALKER, et al.
Before the Court is the Report and Recommendation filed on September 12, 2019, by the
Honorable Barry A. Bryant, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Arkansas.
(ECF No. 39). Judge Bryant recommends that the Court deny Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to
Appeal in forma pauperis (“IFP”). (ECF No. 38). Plaintiff has not objected to the Report and
Recommendation, and his time to do so has passed. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). The Court finds
the matter ripe for consideration.
On November 15, 2018, Plaintiff filed this case pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging
constitutional violations that occurred while he was incarcerated in the Miller County Jail. On
May 3, 2019, the Court entered an order staying this action because Plaintiff is currently
incarcerated in Texas and Plaintiff’s out-of-state incarceration poses difficulty regarding court
appearances and discovery. The Court subsequently denied Plaintiff’s Motion to Reconsider.
(ECF No. 32). On August 22, 2019, Plaintiff filed a notice of appeal. On September 10, 2019,
Plaintiff filed a Motion for Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis.
On September 12, 2019, Judge Bryant filed the instant Report and Recommendation.
Judge Bryant found that the Court’s order staying this action is not a final judgment which Plaintiff
may appeal at this time. As such, Judge Bryant concluded that an appeal of the order staying this
action would not be taken in good faith and, thus, the Court should deny Plaintiff’s Motion for
Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis.
The Court declines to adopt the Report and Recommendation. Because Plaintiff is a
prisoner, he may not proceed IFP “if the trial court certifies in writing that [the appeal] is not taken
in good faith.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3). Good faith is demonstrated when a party seeks review of
any non-frivolous issue.
Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 445 (1962).
consideration, it appears that the order staying this action is not an immediately appealable final
order. But the Court will not deem Plaintiff’s appeal to be “frivolous.” Therefore, the Court finds
that Plaintiff’s appeal is taken “in good faith” for purposes of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis (ECF No. 38)
should be and hereby is hereby GRANTED. Pursuant to the Prison Litigation Reform Act, the
Clerk is DIRECTED to collect the $505 filing fee from the Plaintiff.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 7th day of October, 2019.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
Chief United States District Judge
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