Bruggerman v. Collins et al
MEMORANDUM AND OPINION denying 61 MOTION for Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis filed by Christopher R Bruggeman. Signed by Senior Judge Peter C Economus on 4/28/11. (jr1)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
CHRISTOPHER R. BRUGGEMAN,
Case No. 2:09-cv-381
TERRY COLLINS, DIRECTOR OF
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF
REHABILITATION, et al.
Judge Peter C. Economus
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
The complaint alleges that the Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and
Correction and members of the Ohio Adult Parole Authority violated the Ex Post Facto clause
and the substantive and procedural due process rights guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment
of the United States Constitution of Plaintiff Christopher R. Bruggeman, an inmate at the
Madison Correctional Institution. This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff's March 17, 2011
motion to proceed on appeal in forma pauperis. (Dkt. 61.)
The Court determines that Plaintiff is financially indigent.
The Court must next
determine whether the appeal is taken in good faith. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3). McGore v.
Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601, 610–11 (6th Cir. 1997). An appeal is taken in good faith if it
raises “any issue not frivolous.” Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 445 (1962). A
complaint is frivolous when a plaintiff “cannot make any claim with a rational or arguable basis
in law or in fact.” Lawler v. Marshall, 898 F.2d 1196, 1198 (6th Cir. 1990). See also Neitzke v.
Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 325 (1989).
For the reasons stated in this Court's January 12, 2011 Order dismissing Plaintiff's claims,
this Court CERTIFIES that there is no arguable factual or legal basis for Plaintiff's claims, that
Plaintiff's appeal would be frivolous, and that his appeal is not taken in good faith. 28 U.S.C.
Accordingly, the March 17, 2011 motion for leave to appeal in forma pauperis (Dkt. 61)
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ Peter C. Economus - April 28, 2011
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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