Carbajal v. St. Anthony Central Hospital et al
ORDER. ORDERED that the "Second Motion for Transcripts of All Trial Proceedings and the Record for Preparation of the Pending Appeal" 412 is DENIED. Signed by Judge Philip A. Brimmer on 02/04/16.(jhawk, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Judge Philip A. Brimmer
Civil Action No. 12-cv-02257-PAB-KLM
MICHAEL O’NEILL, Police Officer for the Denver Police Department, in his individual
JAY LOPEZ, Police Officer for the Denver Police Department, in his individual capacity,
LARRY BLACK, Police Officer for the Denver Police Department, in his individual
This matter is before the Court on the “Second Motion for Transcripts of All Trial
Proceedings and the Record for Preparation of the Pending Appeal” [Docket No. 412]
filed pro se by Plaintiff Dean Carbajal. Mr. Carbajal alleges in the motion that his
“informa pauperis status has been established since the commencement of this action
and he lacks the moneys to pay for the record and transcripts.” Id. at 3.
The Court must construe the motion liberally because Mr. Carbajal is not
represented by an attorney. See Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520-21 (1972); Hall v.
Bellmon, 935 F.2d 1106, 1110 (10th Cir. 1991). For the reasons stated below, the
motion will be denied.
Title 28 U.S.C. § 753(f) provides in relevant part that “[f]ees for transcripts
furnished in [non-criminal and non-habeas] proceedings to persons permitted to appeal in
forma pauperis shall also be paid by the United States if the trial judge or a circuit judge
certifies that the appeal is not frivolous (but presents a substantial question).” A
substantial question is a significant issue that is unique, unusual or reasonably debatable.
See Evans v. City of Tulsa, 1992 WL 2882 at *3 (10th Cir. Jan. 7, 1992) (unpublished).
Therefore, Mr. Carbajal is not entitled to free transcripts unless he has been allowed to
proceed in forma pauperis on appeal and the appeal presents a significant issue that is
unique, unusual, or reasonably debatable.
Mr. Carbajal has not been granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal.
He is correct that he was granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis in the district court
proceedings in this action. (See Docket No. 8.) However, Mr. Carbajal is a prisoner
and a prisoner who appeals from the judgment in a civil action must file a new motion to
proceed in forma pauperis on appeal along with a certified copy of his inmate trust fund
account statement. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). Thus, on September 24, 2015, Mr.
Carbajal was informed by letter from the Office of the Clerk of the United States Court of
Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that he was required either to pay the $505.00 appellate
filing fee or to file in the district court a motion seeking leave to proceed in forma pauperis.
(See Docket No. 398.) More recently, Mr. Carbajal was directed by order entered in his
pending appeal that he must either pay the full filing fee or file in the Tenth Circuit a motion
to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal. (See Docket No. 425.) Mr. Carbajal has not
filed in this Court a motion seeking leave to proceed in forma pauperis.
The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure do not provide otherwise. Pursuant to
Rule 24(a)(3), “[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: . . . (B) a statute provides otherwise.” In this case, because Mr.
Carbajal is a prisoner, the federal in forma pauperis statute provides otherwise. See 28
U.S.C. § 1915(a).
In addition, even if Mr. Carbajal were granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis
on appeal, the Court finds that he fails to demonstrate the existence of a significant issue
that is unique, unusual, or reasonably debatable. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that the “Second Motion for Transcripts of All Trial Proceedings and
the Record for Preparation of the Pending Appeal” [Docket No. 412] is DENIED.
DATED February 4, 2016.
BY THE COURT:
s/Philip A. Brimmer
PHILIP A. BRIMMER
United States District Judge
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