IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
August 7, 2012
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
KEVIN WILLIAM SMALL
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Conner
AND NOW, this 7th day of August, 2012, upon consideration of the motion for transcripts and discovery materials at no cost (Doc. 151), and the motion to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. 152), filed by defendant Kevin William Small ("Small"), wherein Small requests that the court order the government to provide him with the discovery materials used at his trial and a copy of the trial transcript at no charge in order to complete his appeal to the United States Supreme Court, and it appearing that the direct appeal of the above-captioned matter came to a close on June 1, 2009, when the United States Supreme Court denied Small's petition for writ of certiorari, see Kevin William Small v. United States, (No. 08-9981), and it further appearing that Small filed a motion to vacate, set aside or correct sentence (Doc. 130), pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255, on June 1, 2010, and the court noting that, by memorandum and order (Doc. 146) dated August 9, 2011, the court denied Small's motion and denied a certificate of appealability, and it appearing that on October 12, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit also denied Small's request for a certificate of appealability, see United States v. Small, (No. 11-3292), and the court construing Small's motions as requesting materials at the government's expense to complete his appeal to the United States Supreme Court of the denial of his motion to vacate, and the court finding that, in order for a defendant seeking post-conviction relief to be furnished with transcripts at the government's expense, the trial judge must certify that "the suit . . . is not frivolous and that the transcript is needed to decide the issue presented by the suit," 28 U.S.C. § 753(f); see also United States v. MacCollom, 426 U.S. 317, 320-21 (1976) (upholding § 753 as consistent with due process and equal protection), and the court concluding that the circumstances in the instant matter, namely the denial of Small's motion to vacate by this court and the denial of certificate of appealability by this court and the Third Circuit, do not warrant expending government resources to provide the requested trial transcripts and discovery material,*fn1 it is hereby ORDERED that:
1. The motion for transcripts and discovery materials at no cost (Doc. 151), and the motion to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. 152) are DENIED.
2. Defendant is directed to contact the court reporter listed below to request his trial transcript. The cost of obtaining the transcript is to be paid by the defendant.
Wesley J. Armstrong, RMR
Official Court Reporter U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania Attn: Clerk's Office, Room 1060 228 Walnut Street Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17108
CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge