Filing 24

ORDER - 21 Motion for Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis (USCA #28:2254) is denied. See order for details. Signed by Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on 2/12/2018. (MEJ)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS DIVISION LANCE HOWARD, Petitioner, v. SUPERINTENDENT, Respondent. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. 1:17-cv-04239-TWP-MPB Order Denying Motion to Proceed on Appeal In Forma Pauperis The petitioner seeks leave to proceed on appeal without prepayment of the appellate fees of $505.00. An appeal may not be taken in forma pauperis if the trial court certifies that the appeal is not taken in good faith. 28 U.S.C. § 1915; see Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438 (1962). “Good faith” within the meaning of § 1915 must be judged by an objective, not a subjective, standard. See id. At this time, there is no objectively reasonable argument the petitioner could present to argue that the disposition of this motion was erroneous nor did the petitioner present any arguments in his motion. In pursuing an appeal, therefore, the petitioner “is acting in bad faith . . . [because] to sue in bad faith means merely to sue on the basis of a frivolous claim, which is to say a claim that no reasonable person could suppose to have any merit.” Lee v. Clinton, 209 F.3d 1025, 1026 (7th Cir. 2000). Accordingly, his appeal is not taken in good faith, and for this reason his request for leave to proceed on appeal in forma pauperis, dkt. [21], is denied. IT IS SO ORDERED. Date: 2/12/2018 Distribution: LANCE HOWARD 250494 NEW CASTLE - CF NEW CASTLE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY - Inmate Mail/Parcels Electronic Service Participant Court Use Only Abigail Recker INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL

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