Gifford et al v. US Governent et al
ORDER Denying Plaintiffs' 8 Motion for Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis on Appeal and 7 Motion for an Appeal. Signed by District Judge Thomas L. Ludington. (KWin)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
ALEXANDER R. GIFFORD,
Case No. 20-CV-13187
Honorable Thomas L. Ludington
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
CHRISTOPHER A. WRAY,
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR LEAVE TO PROCEED IN FORMA
PAUPERIS ON APPEAL AND MOTION FOR AN APPEAL
On November 22, 2020, Plaintiffs Alexander R. Gifford (“Mr. Gifford”), Roy Gifford, and
Suellen Gifford filed a complaint against Defendants, the United States of America, and
Christopher A. Wray, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with an application
to proceed in forma pauperis. ECF Nos. 1, 2. On December 17, 2020, the application to proceed
in forma pauperis was granted, the Complaint was dismissed as frivolous, Plaintiffs were denied
a certificate of appealability, and Mr. Gifford was enjoined from filing any new action with the
Court without first obtaining leave to do so. ECF No. 5. On December 22, 2020, a day before
judgment was entered, Plaintiffs filed a notice of appeal, application to proceed in forma pauperis,
and motion for an “appeal/re-evaluation of facts.” ECF Nos. 6, 7, 8. Given the sequence of filings,
Plaintiffs’ application is construed as a motion to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal. For the
reasons stated below, Plaintiffs’ Motion for Leave to Proceed in Forma Pauperis on Appeal and
Motion for an Appeal1 will be denied.
The motion is untitled, so its name is derived from the relief sought.
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“An appeal may not be taken in forma pauperis if the trial court certifies in writing that it
is not taken in good faith.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3). “Courts are required to give plain meaning to
the language of the statute. Thus, if the district court concludes that the appeal is not taken in good
faith, the individual must pay the entire filing fee and may not proceed on appeal as a pauper.” In
re Prison Litig. Reform Act, 105 F.3d 1131, 1136–37 (6th Cir. 1997) (internal citation omitted).
This Court declined to issue a certificate of appealability because Plaintiffs’ “action is frivolous,
and an appeal could not be taken in good faith.” ECF No. 5 at PageID.16. Therefore, Plaintiffs’
Motion for Leave to Proceed in Forma Pauperis on Appeal will be denied.
Plaintiffs’ Motion, which purports to seek an “appeal” or “re-evaluation of facts,” must
also be denied. ECF No. 7 at PageID.18. Under the heading “Statement of Issues Presented,” the
Procedural issues persist/exist. Two of the Plaintiffs did not qualify for
financing?? Also Judge ruled on incorrect complaint and statement of claim.
An amended complaint and statement of claim, which was filed on 12/14/2020,
mysteriously has the wrong case number attached and was delayed. These
reasons alone warrant further investigation.
ECF No. 7 at PageID.20 (sic throughout). It is unclear what Plaintiffs mean by “amended
complaint and statement of claim.” Id. To the extent that Plaintiffs seek to appeal this Court’s order
of dismissal, their remedy lies in an appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which they have
already noticed. ECF No. 6. If, instead, Plaintiffs seek reconsideration of this Court’s order, they
have not stated an adequate basis for doing so. Local Rule 7.1 permits parties to seek
reconsideration of an order where they can show a “palpable defect” that, if corrected, would
“result in a different disposition of the case.” E.D. Mich. L.R. 7.1(h)(3). Plaintiffs have identified
no such defect in this Court’s order. Accordingly, the motion will be denied.
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Accordingly, it is ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ Motion to Proceed in Forma Pauperis on
Appeal, ECF No. 8, is DENIED.
It is further ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ Motion for an Appeal, ECF No. 7, is DENIED.
Dated: January 7, 2021
s/Thomas L. Ludington
THOMAS L. LUDINGTON
United States District Judge
PROOF OF SERVICE
The undersigned certifies that a copy of the foregoing order was served
Alexander R. Gifford
9873 County Road 489
Atlanta, MI 49709;
20074 Davison Dr
Paris, MI 49338;
And Suellen Gifford
20074 Davison Dr
Paris, MI 49338
by first class U.S. mail on January 7, 2021.
KELLY WINSLOW, Case Manager
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