UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
April 26, 2007
AARON HYCHE, PLAINTIFF,
DONALD SNYDER AND JAMES SCHOMIG, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Harold A. Baker United States District Judge
This cause is before the court on the plaintiff's motion to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal. [d/e 44] Under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), the court is required to determine if the plaintiff's appeal is taken in good faith. "Good faith" within the meaning of § 1915(a)(3) is not about the plaintiff's sincerity in requesting appellate review. Rather, an appeal taken in "good faith" is an appeal that, objectively considered, raises non-frivolous colorable issues. See Cruz v. Hauck, 404 U.S. 59, 62 (1971); see also Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 445 (1962). The plaintiff is appealing the court's March 6, 2007 order denying the plaintiff's motion for reconsideration. The court has not been able to find a good faith basis for appeal.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that where the appellant was authorized to proceed in forma pauperis in the district court, a district judge who doubts that the appeal is in good faith should give the plaintiff an opportunity to submit a statement of his grounds for appealing. See Celske v. Edwards, 164 F.3d 396 (7th Cir. 1999).
Accordingly, the plaintiff is THEREFORE ORDERED to submit a brief informing the court of his grounds for appealing within twenty-one (21) days from the date of this order. If the plaintiff fails to respond within the time specified, the court will make an assessment of the issue of good faith without further consideration.
Entered this 26th day of April, 2007.
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