Smith v. McKee
OPINION and ORDER denying 83 Application to Proceed Without Prepaying Fees or Costs and denying certificate of appealability. Signed by District Judge Bernard A. Friedman. (CMul)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Civil Action No. 09-CV-14876
HON. BERNARD A. FRIEDMAN
OPINION AND ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S
APPLICATION TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS
This matter is before the Court on the Court’s review of petitioner Deray Smith’s
notice of appeal and application to proceed in forma pauperis [docket entries 81 and 83]. Smith
appeals the Court’s February 17, 2017, order denying his motions to compel and for
The Court declines to grant a certificate of appealability because Smith has failed
to make a substantial showing of the denial of a federal constitutional right.1
28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3) controls Smith’s application, stating that an “appeal may
not be taken in forma pauperis if the trial court certifies in writing that it is not taken in good
faith.” The Supreme Court has defined an appeal taken in good faith as any non-frivolous
appeal.2 The Court denies Smith’s application because his appeal is frivolous. No reasonable
jurist could disagree with the Court’s February 2017 order.
See Dell v. Straub, 194 F. Supp. 2d 629, 659 (E.D. Mich. 2002).
Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 445 (1962).
IT IS ORDERED that no certificate of appealability shall issue.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Smith’s application to proceed in forma
pauperis is denied.
_s/ Bernard A. Friedman___________
BERNARD A. FRIEDMAN
SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: June 14, 2017
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