Simmons v. Lizzaraga
ORDER signed by Senior Judge James K. Singleton on 8/25/2017 GRANTING 34 Petitioner's Motion to Proceed in forma pauperis on appeal. (Reader, L)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
TODD ALLEN SIMMONS,
[Re: Motion at Docket No. 34]
JOE LIZARRAGA, Warden, Mule Creek
This Court denied Todd Allen Simmons, a California state prisoner proceeding pro se,
habeas relief and a certificate of appealability (“COA”) on July 12, 2017. Docket Nos. 27, 28. .
Simmons timely filed a notice of appeal, which was processed to the Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals. Docket Nos. 29, 30. At Docket No. 34, Simmons filed a motion to proceed in forma
pauperis (“IFP”) on appeal.
Although Simmons’ appeal is currently pending before the Ninth Circuit, “[t]he decision
to allow an appeal to proceed in forma pauperis remains within the jurisdiction of the trial court
after the filing of an appeal.” Zambrano v. Gipson, No. LA CV 15-01794, 2016 WL 4040649, at
*1 (C.D. Cal. July 6, 2016) (citation omitted). A person may be granted permission to proceed
in forma pauperis if the person “submits an affidavit that includes a statement of all assets such
[person] possesses [and] that the person is unable to pay such fees or give security therefor.
Such affidavit shall state the nature of the action, defense or appeal and affiant’s belief that the
person is entitled to redress.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(1); Lopez v. Smith, 203 F.3d 1122, 1129 (9th
Cir. 2000) (en banc) (stating that this provision applies to all actions filed in forma pauperis, not
just prisoner actions). “‘[T]he supporting affidavits [must] state the facts as to [the] affiant’s
poverty with some particularity, definiteness and certainty.’” United States v. McQuade, 647
F.2d 938, 940 (9th Cir. 1981) (quoting Jefferson v. United States, 277 F.2d 823, 725 (9th Cir.
In support of his application, Simmons submits an IFP application form and Inmate
Statement Report indicating that he has no income or assets. Simmons is thus within the
parameters necessary to grant an IFP application due to lack of assets. Accordingly, his
application to proceed on appeal without the payment of a filing fee is granted.
The Court notes, however, that to proceed with his appeal, Simmons must apply for and
receive a COA from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. FED. R. APP. P. 22(b); 9th Cir. R. 221(d). The Ninth Circuit may issue a COA only if Simmons makes “a substantial showing of the
denial of a constitutional right.” 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2); Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322,
336 (2003). If Simmons fails to make such a showing, and the Ninth Circuit does not issue a
COA in his case, the grant of IFP status from this Court would be inconsequential.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT the Motion for Leave to Proceed on Appeal in
Forma Pauperis at Docket No. 34 is GRANTED.
Dated: August 25, 2017.
/s/James K. Singleton, Jr.
JAMES K. SINGLETON, JR.
Senior United States District Judge
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