Archie Cranford v. Prown #3333
NOTICE and ORDER Finding That Plaintiff Is Not Entitled to Proceed In Forma Pauperis on The Appeal Filed March 10, 2014; ORDER Directing Clerk's Office to Serve Copy of Order on Ninth Circuit, signed by District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on 03/03/15. (Gonzalez, R)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
NOTICE AND ORDER FINDING THAT
PLAINTIFF IS NOT ENTITLED TO
PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS ON
THE APPEAL FILED MARCH 10, 2014
Case No. 1:14-cv-00910-AWI-JLT (PC)
Appeal No. 15-15333
ORDER DIRECTING CLERK=S OFFICE
TO SERVE COPY OF ORDER ON NINTH
This civil rights action was filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 by Plaintiff Archie
18 Cranford, a civil detainee proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, on June 13, 2014. Initially the
19 action proceeded on Plaintiff's original complaint. However, subsequent to service, Defendant
20 moved for a more definite statement as unable to formulate a response/defense on the original
21 complaint. This motion was granted and Plaintiff was ordered to submit an amended complaint
22 specifying dates and details of the incidents upon which he based his claims. Plaintiff failed to file
23 an amended complaint and failed to file a sufficient response to the order to show cause why the
24 action should not be dismissed for his failure to comply with the Court's order. Findings and
25 Recommendations issued to dismiss the action issued and was adopted. The case was dismissed
26 on February 12, 2015 and Judgment was entered that same date. Plaintiff filed a notice of appeal
27 on February 23, 2015.
28 / / /
Pursuant to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure,
A party who was permitted to proceed in forma pauperis in the district-court action
. . . may proceed on appeal in forma pauperis without further authorization, unless:
(A) the district court - before or after the notice of appeal is filed - certifies that the
appeal is not taken in good faith or finds that the party is not otherwise entitled to
proceed in forma pauperis and states in writing its reasons for the certification or
(B) a statute provides otherwise.
Fed. R. App. P. 24(a)(3).
The district clerk must immediately notify the parties and the court of appeals
when the district court does any of the following:
(A) denies a motion to proceed on appeal in forma pauperis;
(B) certifies that the appeal is not taken in good faith; or
(C) finds that the party is not otherwise entitled to proceed in forma pauperis.
Fed. R. App. P. 24(a)(4).
Further, "[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." 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).
Because Plaintiff was proceeding in forma pauperis in this action in the district court,
Plaintiff is entitled to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal unless the Court makes a finding to the
contrary. For the reason that follows, the Court finds that Plaintiff is not entitled to proceed in
forma pauperis on his appeal filed February 23, 2015.
Plaintiff merely needed to file an amended complaint to avoid dismissal of this action and
he was given three opportunities to do so. Despite this, Plaintiff failed to file an amended
complaint and failed to provide justification for failing to amend. Given this, Plaintiff's appeal of
dismissal for his failure to comply with the court's order to file an amended complaint is frivolous
and is not taken in good faith. See 28 U.S.C. 1913(a)(3); see also Hooker v. American Airlines,
302 F.3d 1091, 1092 (9th Cir. 2002). Thus, Plaintiff is not entitled to proceed in forma pauperis
on appeal. Fed. R. App. P. 24(a)(3)(A) & (a)(4)(B).
Based on the foregoing, it is HEREBY ORDERED that:
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g), Plaintiff is not entitled to proceed in forma
pauperis on the appeal filed on February 23, 2015;
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 24(a)(4)(C), this order serves as
1 notice to the parties and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit of the finding
2 that Plaintiff is not entitled to proceed in forma pauperis for this appeal; and
The Clerk of the Court shall serve a copy of this order on Plaintiff and the United
4 States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
7 Dated: March 3, 2015
SENIOR DISTRICT JUDGE
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