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United States v. Reed

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


February 5, 2010

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
DAVID REED, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: J. Phil Gilbert District Judge

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

This matter comes before the Court on defendant David Reed's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis in his appeal of the March 31, 1994, judgment and conviction in this case (Doc. 163).

A federal court may permit a party to proceed on appeal without full pre-payment of fees provided the party is indigent and the appeal is taken in good faith. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(1) & (3); Fed. R. App. P. 24(a)(3). A frivolous appeal cannot be made in good faith. Lee v. Clinton, 209 F.3d 1025, 1026-27 (7th Cir. 2000). The test for determining if an appeal is in good faith or not frivolous is whether any of the legal points are reasonably arguable on their merits. Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 325 (1989) (citing Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967)); Walker v. O'Brien, 216 F.3d 626, 632 (7th Cir. 2000).

Reed has already filed a direct appeal of his criminal case (Doc. 126), and the Court of Appeals has affirmed the Court's judgment (Doc. 137). The deadline for filing a notice of appeal of his original judgment has long passed, see Fed. R. App. P. 4(b)(1)(A), and a new appeal nearly six years after entry of judgment would be frivolous because it is clearly untimely. No reasonable person could argue that the pending appeal has merit. Therefore, the Court CERTIFIES that this appeal is not taken in good faith and accordingly DENIES the motion for leave to proceed on appeal in forma pauperis (Doc. 163).

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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