Bruce v. United States of America
ORDER DISMISSING § 2255 MOTION, DENYING A CERTIFICATION OF APPEALABILITY, CERTIFYING AN APPEAL WOULD NOT BE TAKEN IN GOOD FAITH AND DENYING LEAVE TO APPEAL IN FORMA PAUPERIS. Signed by Judge James D. Todd on 1/3/2017. (Todd, James)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
CHARLES GARY BRUCE,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
ORDER DISMISSING § 2255 MOTION,
DENYING A CERTIFICATION OF APPEALABILITY,
CERTIFYING AN APPEAL WOULD NOT BE TAKEN IN GOOD FAITH
AND DENYING LEAVE TO APPEAL IN FORMA PAUPERIS
The Movant, Charles Gary Bruce, filed a pro se motion pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 on June
27, 2016, attempting to challenge, based on the decision in Johnson v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2551
(2015), his conviction under 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) for using a firearm during the commission of a
robbery. (ECF No. 1.) Because Bruce filed a previous § 2255 motion that was unsuccessful, the
Court transferred the motion to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals as second or successive, pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b)(3). (ECF No. 5.)
The Sixth Circuit directed Bruce to complete and file the appropriate application form and
required documents within 30 days and warned that failure to do so would result in dismissal of the
proceeding. In re Bruce, No. 16-6537 (6th Cir. Oct. 14, 2016) (Notice). Bruce failed to comply,
and the Sixth Circuit dismissed the proceeding on December 5, 2016. Id. (order dismissing case for
want of prosecution).
This Court cannot consider Bruce’s successive § 2255 motion absent authorization by the
Court of Appeals. As Bruce has failed to obtain that authorization, this § 2255 proceeding is hereby
The Court hereby DENIES a certificate of appealability and CERTIFIES that an appeal
would not be taken in good faith. Leave to appeal in forma pauperis is also DENIED.
The Clerk is directed to prepare a judgment.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ James D. Todd
JAMES D. TODD
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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