Thompson v. United States of America
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS denying movant's 34 MOTION for Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis filed by David Thompson. Objections to R&R due by 10/26/2016. Signed by Magistrate Judge G. R. Smith on 10/11/16. (wwp)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
After pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted
felon, doc. 21, David Thompson moved under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 to vacate
his conviction and sentence. Doc. 23. His motion was denied, and the
Court declined to issue a Certificate of Appealability. Docs. 53 (report
and recommendation denying motion), adopted, doc. 60. Thompson
appealed anyway, docs. 61-63, and he has asked this Court for
permission to proceed with his appeal in forma pauperis. Doc. 64.
An appeal cannot be taken in forma pauperis if the trial court
certifies that the appeal is not taken in good faith. 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(a)(3); see Fed. R. App. P. 24(a)(3) (trial court may certify that
appeal of party proceeding in forma pauperis is not taken in good faith
“before or after the notice of appeal is filed”). A party does not proceed
in good faith when he seeks to advance a frivolous claim or argument.
Coppedge v. United States , 369 U.S. 438, 445 (1962); Neitzke v.
Williams , 490 U.S. 319, 327 (1989) (a claim or argument is frivolous
when it appears the factual allegations are clearly baseless or the legal
theories are indisputably meritless); Napier v. Preslicka, 314 F.3d 528,
531 (11th Cir. 2002) (an in forma pauperis action is frivolous and, thus,
not brought in good faith, if it is “without arguable merit either in law
The Court reiterates its prior ruling on the merits in advising that
Thompson’s § 2255 motion should be denied and no Certificate of
Appealability should be issued. See Doc. 53. Movant’s arguments that
the plea deal was coerced and lacked sufficient consideration and that
his attorney provided ineffective assistance as to the plea agreement
and sentencing have been considered and resoundingly denied. Docs.
53, 59. There are no non-frivolous issues to raise on appeal, and an
appeal would not be taken in good faith. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).
Neitzke , 490 U.S. at 327; Napier, 314 F.3d at 531.
Thus, the Court should DENY movant’s application for in forma
pauperis status on appeal.
SO REPORTED AND RECOMMENDED, this 11th day of
LTNTTFJ STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
SOUTFtERI'1 DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
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