Moore v. Richmond Police Department et al
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR TRANSCRIPTS. Signed by Judge Maxine M. Chesney on April 15, 2010. (mmclc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/15/2010)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Before the Court is plaintiff Gary B. Moore's "Motion for Pro Per Plaintiff Transcripts of His Trial Prepared and Sent to Him to be Used for Appeal of the Action," filed April 12, 2010. Having read and considered the motion, the Court rules as follows. To the extent plaintiff is of the view that he may obtain, by virtue of his in forma pauperis status, a free copy of trial transcripts, plaintiff is incorrect. See Bonner v. Henderson, 517 F.2d 135, 136 (5th Cir. 1975) (holding litigant proceeding in forma pauperis "not entitled to a free copy of his transcript and record to search for possible trial defects merely because he is an indigent"). Further, although a litigant proceeding in forma pauperis may be entitled to an order providing him free transcripts if a notice of appeal is filed, such order is proper only if a court certifies that the appeal is "not frivolous." See 28 U.S.C. § 753(f) (providing "[f]ees for transcripts furnished in [civil] proceedings to persons permitted to appeal in forma pauperis v. OFFICER S. ZEPPA, et al., Defendants / GARY B. MOORE, Plaintiff, No. C-04-1749 MMC ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR TRANSCRIPTS United States District Court IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
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shall [ ] be paid by the United States if the trial court or circuit judge certifies that the appeal is not frivolous (but presents a substantial question)"). Here, plaintiff has not filed a notice of appeal, let alone identified therein any "substantial question" that would be presented by such an appeal. See id. Accordingly, plaintiff's motion is hereby DENIED. IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: April 15, 2010
MAXINE M. CHESNEY United States District Judge
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