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United States v. Rodgers

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division

May 15, 2015

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
MANUEL RODGERS, Defendant. Criminal No. 10-20770

ORDER DENYING APPLICATION TO PROCEED WITHOUT PREPAYMENT OF FEES OR COSTS ON APPEAL

Denise Page Hood United States District Judge

On February 4, 2015, the Court entered a Judgment and Order Denying Defendant Manuel Rodgers’ Motion to Vacate Sentence under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 and Motion to Amend. (Doc. Nos. 66, 67) In its Order, the Court declined to issue a certificate of appealability. (Doc. No. 66) Rodgers filed a Notice of Appeal on February 20, 2015, along with an Application to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees on Appeal. (Doc. Nos. 68, 69)

The Court finds that any appeal from the Court’s February 4, 2015, Order would be frivolous, because the basis of Defendant’s Motion to Vacate was without merit. In his Motion to Vacate, Defendant claimed ineffective assistance of counsel based on his attorney’s failure to force the Government to produce a confidential informant at trial or to verify a confidential informant existed. Since Defendant was not entitled to have the informant be produced or identified, his claim was without merit. Appeal of the February 4, 2015, Order and Judgment would be frivolous and would not be taken in good faith. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3); Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 445 (1962), McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601, 610-11 (6th Cir. 1997)(overruled on other grounds by Jones v. Bock, 549 U.S. 199 (2007)).

Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that Defendant Manuel Rodgers’ Application to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees on Appeal (Doc. No. 69) is DENIED.


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