DAKER v. BRYSON et al
ORDER denying 41 Motion for Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis. Ordered by US DISTRICT JUDGE C ASHLEY ROYAL on 5/9/17 (lap)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
BRYSON et al.,
CASE NO.: 5:15-CV-88-CAR-CHW
Presently pending before the Court is pro se Plaintiff Waseem Daker’s motion for
leave to appeal in forma pauperis (ECF No. 41) from the Court’s February 2, 2017 Order
(ECF No. 35) denying his motions for preliminary injunctive relief and his motion for
limited service of process. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(1), a court may authorize an
appeal of a civil action or proceeding without prepayment of fees or security therefor if
the putative appellant has filed “an affidavit that includes a statement of all assets” and
“state[s] the nature of the . . . appeal and [the] affiant’s belief that the person is entitled to
redress.”1 If the trial court certifies in writing that the appeal is not taken in good faith,
Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 24 similarly requires a party seeking leave to
appeal in forma pauperis to file a motion and affidavit that establishes the party’s
inability to pay fees and costs, the party’s belief that he is entitled to redress, and a
statement of the issues which the party intends to present on appeal. Fed. R. App. P.
however, such appeal may not be taken in forma pauperis. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).2
“Good faith” means that an issue exists on appeal that is not frivolous under an objective
standard. See Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 445 (1962). “An issue is
frivolous when it appears that ‘the legal theories are indisputably meritless.’” Ghee v.
Retailers Nat’l Bank, 271 F. App’x 858, 859 (11th Cir. 2008) (per curiam) (quoting
Carroll v. Gross, 984 F.2d 392, 393 (11th Cir. 1993)).
The Court notes that the “three strikes” provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act
(“PLRA”) also prohibits a prisoner from “appeal[ing] a judgment in a civil action or
proceeding” in forma pauperis
if the prisoner has, on 3 or more prior occasions, while incarcerated or
detained in any facility, brought an action or appeal in a court of the United
States that was dismissed on the grounds that it is frivolous, malicious, or
fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, unless the prisoner
is under imminent danger of serious physical injury.
28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). Plaintiff has had more than three of his cases or appeals dismissed
on the statutorily-enumerated grounds prior to filing his notice of appeal in this case:
Daker v. Mokwa, Order Denying Leave to Proceed IFP, ECF No. 2 in Case No. 2:14-cv00395-UA-MRW (C.D. Cal. Feb. 4, 2014) (denying leave to proceed in forma pauperis
and dismissing case after conducting screening under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B) and
finding claims were frivolous and failed to state a claim upon which relief may be
granted); Daker v. Warren, Order Dismissing Appeal, Case No. 13-11630 (11th Cir. Mar.
4, 2014) (three-judge panel dismissal of appeal on grounds that appeal was frivolous);
Order Dismissing Appeal, Daker v. Warden, Case No. 15-13148 (11th Cir. May 26,
2016) (three-judge panel dismissing appeal as frivolous); Order Dismissing Appeal,
Daker v. Commissioner, Case No. 15-11266 (11th Cir. Oct. 7, 2016) (three-judge panel
dismissing appeal as frivolous); Order Dismissing Appeal, Daker v. Ferrero, Case No.
15-13176 (11th Cir. Nov. 3, 2016) (three-judge panel dismissing appeal as frivolous);
Order Dismissing Appeal, Daker v. Governor, Case No. 15-13179 (11th Cir. Dec. 19,
2016) (three-judge panel dismissing appeal as frivolous). Plaintiff has therefore accrued
more than three “strikes” for purposes of § 1915(g), and he is thus precluded from
proceeding in forma pauperis on appeal unless he is presently in imminent danger of
serious physical injury. In light of the Court’s finding that Plaintiff’s appeal is not taken
in good faith, however, the Court finds it unnecessary to address whether Plaintiff has
demonstrated that he falls within § 1915(g)’s imminent danger exception.
In this case, Plaintiff—an experienced pro se litigant who has filed dozens of
appeals—does not provide a statement of the specific issues he intends to present on
appeal in his motion for leave to appeal in forma pauperis.
See Fed. R. App. P.
24(a)(1)(C). Upon reviewing the record, however, the Court finds no issues of arguable
merit for appeal. Thus, for the reasons contained in the Court’s Order (ECF No. 35) and
the Magistrate Judge’s Order and Recommendation (ECF No. 28), the Court finds that
Plaintiff’s appeal is not taken in good faith under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3). Plaintiff’s
motion for leave to appeal IFP (ECF No. 41) is accordingly DENIED. If the Plaintiff
wishes to proceed with his appeal, he must pay the entire $505.00 appellate filing fee.
Any further requests to proceed IFP on appeal should be directed, on motion, to the
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in accordance with Rule 24 of
the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
SO ORDERED, this 9th day of May, 2017.
S/ C. Ashley Royal
C. ASHLEY ROYAL, SENIOR JUDGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
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