Edgar v. Hunt et al
ORDER denying 28 Motion for Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis; adopting Report and Recommendations re 29 Report and Recommendations.; denying 30 Motion to appoint counsel. Signed by Senior Judge Wm. Terrell Hodges on 1/9/2018. (JEB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
TIMOTHY WILLIAM EDGAR,
Case No. 5:15-cv-621-Oc-10PRL
JASON HUNT, et. al.,
This case is before the Court on a limited remand from the Eleventh Circuit Court
of Appeals to address Plaintiff’s Motion to Reopen the Appeal Period pursuant to Rule
4(a)(6) of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.1 The Court of Appeals stated that
because Plaintiff “may not have received the formal notice of the February 28, 2017
order and judgment within the 21 days of its entry, [the Court of Appeals] construe[s] his
untimely Notice of Appeal as a Motion to Reopen the Appeal Period under Fed.R.App.
4(a)(6). (Doc. 26; citing Sanders v. United States, 113 F.3d 184, 187 (11th Cir. 1997)).
By Order dated August 15, 2017, the District Court referred the matter to the
United States Magistrate Judge to conduct any and all proceedings deemed necessary
and appropriate for the issuance of a Report and Recommendation responsive to the
direction of the Court of Appeals. (Doc. 27). On September 14, 2017, the United States
Magistrate Judge entered the Order recommending that the Court grant Plaintiff’s
Motion to Reopen the Appeal Period. (Doc. 29). Defendant did not file an objection to
the recommendation and the time for doing so has expired.
The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals construed Plaintiff’s Notice of Appeal as a
Motion to Reopen the Appeal Period. (Doc. 26).
Accordingly, upon due consideration, the United States Magistrate Judge’s
Report and Recommendation (Doc. 29) is ADOPTED, CONFIRMED, AND MADE A
PART HEREOF. Plaintiff’s Notice of Appeal is deemed timely filed.
While the Notice of Appeal is timely, Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Proceed on
Appeal In Forma Pauperis (Doc. 28) is DENIED. The Court finds that Plaintiff’s appeal
is not taken in good faith. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3); Fed. R. App. P. 24(a)(3)(A).
Plaintiff is not required to pay the initial partial filing fee as provided in 28 U.S.C. §
1915(b)(1)(A); however, Plaintiff is hereby assessed the $505.00 appellate filing and
docketing fees in this case. Plaintiff shall be required to make monthly payments of 20
percent of his preceding month's income credited to his account. The agency having
custody of Plaintiff shall forward these payments from the Plaintiff’s account to the Clerk
of the Court each time the amount in the account exceeds $10, until the filing fees are
paid in full.
Plaintiff shall make these payments to the Clerk of the Court with a check
from a penal institution, a cashier's check, or a money order made payable to "Clerk,
U.S. District Court."
The following information shall either be included or attached
thereto: (1) the full name of the prisoner; (2) the prisoner's inmate number; and, (3)
Middle District of Florida Case Number. Checks or money orders which do not have
this information will be returned to the penal institution.
Plaintiff is warned that he is ultimately responsible for full payment of the
appellate filing and docketing fees should the agency with custody over him lapse in its
duty to make payments on his behalf. For this reason, if Plaintiff is transferred to
another institution, he should ensure that the new institution is informed about this
appeal and the required monthly payments as set out herein. Plaintiff is advised to
retain a copy of this Order for this purpose. The Clerk is directed to send a copy of this
Order to the Budget and Accounting Officer at Plaintiff’s current place of incarceration.
Finally, Plaintiff’s Motion for an Appointment of Counsel (Doc. 30) is DENIED. As
Defendant correctly states in the opposition to the motion (Doc. 31), the Eleventh Circuit
has retained jurisdiction over the matter during the limited remand.2 This Court does not
have jurisdiction to consider the request. Plaintiff should submit his motion directly to
the Court of Appeals.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DONE and ORDERED at Ocala, Florida this 9th day of January, 2017.
Timothy William Edgar
Counsel of Record
See Doc. 26, pg. 3.
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