Beard v. Religious Denominational Churches et al
ORDER ADOPTING MAGISTRATE JUDGES REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION. Signed by Chief Judge S. Thomas Anderson on 7/10/17. (Anderson, S. Thomas)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
JAMES H. BEARD, JR.,
CHURCHES AND ORGANIZATIONS )
USING THE NAME OR
REFERENCING THE NAME OF
ORDER ADOPTING MAGISTRATE JUDGE’S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
Before the Court is the United States Magistrate Judge’ Report and Recommendation that
Plaintiff James H. Beard Jr.’s Pro Se Complaint be dismissed sua sponte pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §
1915(e)(2). Objections to the Report and Recommendation were due within fourteen (14) days
of the entry of the Report, making the objections due on or before June 30, 2017. Plaintiff has
not filed objections within the time permitted.
Having reviewed the Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation de novo, the Court
hereby ADOPTS the Report. Plaintiff’s Pro Se Complaint is DISMISSED.
The next issue to be addressed is whether Plaintiff should be allowed to appeal this
decision in forma pauperis. Under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), 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 good faith
standard is an objective one.1 An appeal is not taken in good faith if the issue presented is
frivolous.2 It would be inconsistent for a district court to determine that a complaint should be
dismissed prior to service on the defendant but has sufficient merit to support an appeal in forma
pauperis.3 The same considerations that lead the Court to dismiss this case for failure to state a
claim also compel the conclusion that an appeal would not be taken in good faith. It is therefore
CERTIFIED, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that any appeal in this matter by Plaintiff
would not be taken in good faith and Plaintiff may not proceed on appeal in forma pauperis.
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decisions in McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601,
612–13 (6th Cir. 1997) and Floyd v. United States Postal Serv., 105 F.3d 274, 276 (6th Cir.
1997) apply to any appeal filed by Plaintiff in this case. If Plaintiff files a notice of appeal, she
must pay the entire $505 filing fee required by 28 U.S.C. §§ 1913 and 1917. The entire filing fee
must be paid within thirty (30) days of the filing of the notice of appeal. By filing a notice of
appeal Plaintiff becomes liable for the full amount of the filing fee, regardless of the subsequent
progress of the appeal. If Plaintiff fails to comply with the above assessment of the appellate
filing fee within thirty (30) days4 of the filing of the notice of appeal or the entry of this order,
whichever occurred later, the Court will notify the Sixth Circuit, which will dismiss the appeal. If
the appeal is dismissed, it will not be reinstated once the fee is paid.5
Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 445 (1962).
See Williams v. Kullman, 722 F.2d 1048, 1050 n.1 (2d Cir. 1983).
The district court may extend this deadline one time by thirty (30) days if the motion to
extend is filed before the expiration of the original deadline. McGore, 114 F.3d at 610.
McGore, 114 F.3d at 610.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ S. Thomas Anderson
S. THOMAS ANDERSON
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Date: July 10, 2017
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