JOHNSON v. PAULK
ORDER denying 8 Motion for Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis; denying 10 Motion for Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis. Ordered by US DISTRICT JUDGE HUGH LAWSON on 8/1/2022. (rlw)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
TORRIEO M. JOHNSON,
Petitioner Torrieo M. Johnson has moved to appeal in forma pauperis. ECF Nos.
Petitioner seeks to appeal the Court’s July 5, 2022 Order (ECF No. 3) dismissing
his 28 U.S.C. § 2241 petition as premature. Applications to appeal in forma pauperis are
governed by 28 U.S.C. § 1915 and Fed. R. App. P. 24. 28 U.S.C. § 1915 provides:
(a)(1) [A]ny court of the United States may authorize the commencement,
prosecution or defense of any suit, action or proceeding, civil or criminal, or
appeal therein, without prepayment of fees or security therefor, by a person
who submits an affidavit that includes a statement of all assets such
prisoner possesses that the person is unable to pay such fees or give
security therefor. Such affidavit shall state the nature of the action, defense
or appeal and affiant’s belief that the person is entitled to redress.
(3) An appeal may not be taken in forma pauperis if the trial court certifies
in writing that it is not taken in good faith.
Similarly, Fed. R. App. P. 24(a) provides:
(1) [A] party to a district-court action who desires to appeal in forma pauperis
must file a motion in the district court. The party must attach an affidavit
(A) shows . . . the party’s inability to pay or to give security for fees
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(B) claims an entitlement to redress; and
(C) states the issues that the party intends to present on appeal.
(2) If the district court denies the motion, it must state its reasons in writing.
Thus, the Court must make two determinations when faced with an application to
proceed in forma pauperis. First, it must determine whether the petitioner is financially
able to pay the filing fee required for an appeal. Petitioner’s application and certified trust
fund account shows he has $.85 in his trust fund account. Thus, it appears he is unable
to pay the $505.00 appellate filing fee.
Next, the Court must determine if the petitioner has satisfied the good faith
requirement. “‘[G]ood faith’ . . . must be judged by an objective standard.” Coppedge v.
United States, 369 U.S. 438, 445 (1962). A petitioner demonstrates good faith when he
seeks review of a non-frivolous issue. Id.; Morris v. Ross, 663 F.2d 1032, 1033 (11th Cir.
1981). An issue “is frivolous if it is ‘without arguable merit either in law or fact.’” Napier
v. Preslicka, 314 F.3d 528, 531 (11th Cir. 2002). “Arguable means being capable of being
convincingly argued.” Sun v. Forrester, 939 F.2d 924, 925 (11th Cir. 1991) (quotation
marks and citations omitted); Carroll v. Gross, 984 F.2d 392, 393 (11th Cir. 1993) (“[A]
case is frivolous . . . when it appears the plaintiff ‘has little or no chance of success.’”)
(citations omitted). “In deciding whether an [in forma pauperis] appeal is frivolous, a
district court determines whether there is ‘a factual and legal basis . . . for the asserted
wrong, however inartfully pleaded.’” Sun, 939 F.2d at 925 (citations omitted).
The Court’s review of the record in this case demonstrates that Petitioner’s appeal
is frivolous. See Hyche v. Christensen, 170 F.3d 769, 771 (7th Cir. 1999), overruled on
other grounds by Lee v. Clinton, 209 F.3d 1025 (7th Cir. 2000) (explaining that the
arguments to be advanced on appeal are often obvious and decisions regarding good
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faith can be made by looking at the “reasoning of the ruling sought to be appealed” instead
of requiring a statement from the plaintiff). The appeal, therefore, is not brought in good
faith. Petitioner has raised no issues with arguable merit.
Consequently, Petitioner’s applications to appeal in forma pauperis (ECF Nos. 8;
10) are DENIED.
SO ORDERED, this 1st day of August, 2022.
HUGH LAWSON, JUDGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
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