Sylvester v. Chatman
ORDER DENYING 17 Motion for Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis. Ordered by Judge Marc Thomas Treadwell on 2/22/2013. (tlh)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:10-CV-464 (MTT)
Before the Court is the Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis.
(Doc. 17). This Court, by Order adopting the recommendation of Magistrate Judge
Charles H. Weigle, denied the Plaintiff’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus. (Doc. 14).
Judgment was entered against him the next day. (Doc. 15). The Plaintiff filed a notice
of appeal as to that Order and Judgment. (Doc. 16).
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), “[a]n appeal may not be taken in forma
pauperis if the trial court certifies in writing that it is not taken in good faith.” In the
Court’s judgment, the Plaintiff cannot in good faith appeal the denial of his habeas
petition. As the Court recognized in its Order denying the petition, the Plaintiff did not
make a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 2253(c)(2). Therefore, he was not granted a certificate of appealability. Without this
certificate, the Court finds that the Plaintiff’s attempt to appeal in forma pauperis cannot
be taken in good faith.
Accordingly, the Plaintiff’s Motion is DENIED. Any further requests to proceed in
forma pauperis on appeal should be directed, on motion, to the United States Court of
Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit pursuant to Rule 24 of the Federal Rules of Appellate
SO ORDERED, this 22nd day of February, 2013.
S/ Marc T. Treadwell
MARC T. TREADWELL, JUDGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
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