Bernstein v. United States, 195 F.2d 517 (4th Cir. 1952)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 195 F.2d 517 (4th Cir. 1952) Argued April 1, 1952
Decided April 2, 1952

Harold Bernstein, pro se.

David E. Satterfield, III, Asst. U. S. Atty., Richmond, Va. (A. Carter Whitehead, U. S. Atty., Richmond, Va., on brief), for appellee.

Before PARKER, Chief Judge, and SOPER and DOBIE, Circuit Judges.


This is a petition to be allowed to prosecute an appeal in a criminal case in forma pauperis. The District Judge denied the application by appellant and certified in writing that the appeal was not taken in good faith. Appellant was convicted of stealing a letter from the mail; and he complains because the letter, which was discovered upon a search of his person, was admitted in evidence against him. It appears, however, that appellant was lawfully arrested and imprisoned by police officers who had reasonable ground to believe that he had committed the crime of murder and that the search of his person in the course of which the letter was found was an incident of the arrest and imprisonment. We find nothing which would warrant us in holding that the certificate of the District Judge was "made without warrant or not in good faith." Wells v. United States, 318 U.S. 257, 259, 63 S. Ct. 582, 584, 87 L. Ed. 746.

The petition will be denied and the appeal will be docketed and dismissed as lacking in merit.

Petition denied.

Appeal docketed and dismissed.