Mason v. Montgomery
ORDER signed by Senior Judge James K. Singleton on 9/29/2017 DENYING as MOOT 33 Motion for leave to appeal IFP. (Washington, S)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
[Re: Motion at Docket No. 33]
JOEL MARTINEZ, Warden, Sierra
This Court denied Christopher Mason, a California state prisoner proceeding pro se,
habeas relief and a certificate of appealability on August 21, 2017. Docket Nos. 29, 30. Mason
timely filed a notice of appeal with this Court dated September 18, 2017.1 Docket No. 31. At
Docket No. 33, Mason moves for leave to appeal in forma pauperis. As this Court has already
granted Mason leave to proceed in forma pauperis, Docket No. 4, it is unnecessary for him to
obtain further authorization from this Court, see FED. R. APP. P. 24(a)(3).
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT the motion for leave to appeal in forma
pauperis at Docket No. 33 is DENIED as moot.
Dated: September 29, 2017.
/s/James K. Singleton, Jr.
JAMES K. SINGLETON, JR.
Senior United States District Judge
The Court is obligated to give Mason the benefit of the “mailbox rule” and
assume that he “filed” his petition on September 18, 2017, the date he signed it and presumably
turned it over to prison authorities. See Anthony v. Cambra, 236 F.3d 568, 574-75 (9th Cir.
2000) (citing Houston v. Lack, 487 U.S. 266, 275 (1988)).
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