Thompson v. State of Washington et al

Filing 15

ORDER re 14 REFERRAL NOTICE FROM USCA re 12 Notice of Appeal. The Court CERTIFIES that Plaintiff's appeal is not taken in good faith and REVOKES his in forma pauperis status. Signed by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour. (KRA) (cc: USCA via ad hoc NEF; Plaintiff via USPS)

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THE HONORABLE JOHN C. COUGHENOUR 1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 7 8 9 JOHN L. THOMPSON, 10 11 12 v. Plaintiff, CASE NO. C24-5311-JCC ORDER STATE OF WASHINGTON, et al., 13 Defendants. 14 15 This matter comes before the Court on the referral notice from the United States Court of 16 Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Dkt. No. 14), who referred this matter to this Court for the limited 17 purpose of determining whether in forma pauperis status should continue. (Id.) 18 “An appeal may not be taken in forma pauperis if the trial court certifies in writing that it 19 is not taken in good faith.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3). “[A]n appeal is not taken in good faith . . . if 20 there is some evident improper motive or if no issue is presented which is not plainly frivolous.” 21 Tweedy v. United States, 276 F.2d 649, 651 (9th Cir. 1960); see also Hooker v. American 22 Airlines, 302 F.3d 1091, 1092 (9th Cir. 2002) (“If at least one issue or claim is found to be non- 23 frivolous, leave to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal must be granted.”). 24 United States Magistrate Judge Theresa L. Fricke granted Plaintiff’s motion to proceed in 25 forma pauperis and recommended that his complaint be reviewed under § 1915(e)(2)(B) before 26 the issuance of a summons. (Dkt. No. 4.) Upon that review, the Court found that Plaintiff failed ORDER C24-5311-JCC PAGE - 1 1 to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. The Court described the deficiencies in 2 Plaintiff’s complaint and ordered Plaintiff to file an amended complaint curing those issues 3 within 21 days. (Dkt. No. 6.) When Plaintiff failed to do so, the Court dismissed his complaint. 4 (Dkt. No. 8.) Plaintiff filed a Notice of Appeal (Dkt. No. 12). Yet there is no colorable bases for 5 Plaintiff’s claims, at least as described in his complaint, given the immunities implicated. (See 6 Dkt. No. 6.) Therefore, it would not appear that this is an appeal taken in good faith. 7 Accordingly, the Court CERTIFIES that Plaintiff’s appeal is not taken in good faith and 8 REVOKES his in forma pauperis status. The Court respectfully DIRECTS the Clerk to send this 9 order to the Court of Appeals. The Court further DIRECTS the Clerk to send a copy of this order 10 11 to Plaintiff. DATED this 5th day of July 2024. A 12 13 14 John C. Coughenour UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 ORDER C24-5311-JCC PAGE - 2

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