Deon Lee v. USA, et al, No. 18-30531 (5th Cir. 2018)

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Case: 18-30531 Document: 00514749092 Page: 1 Date Filed: 12/05/2018 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit No. 18-30531 FILED December 5, 2018 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk DEON TREMELL LEE, Plaintiff-Appellant v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT; UNITED STATES CONGRESS; STATE OF LOUISIANA, Defendants-Appellees Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana USDC No. 2:18-CV-182 Before JONES, ELROD, and ENGELHARDT, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: * Deon Tremell Lee, Louisiana prisoner # 375231, moves for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (IFP) in this appeal of the sua sponte dismissal of his case. The motion is a challenge to the district court’s certification that the appeal is not taken in good faith. See Baugh v. Taylor, 117 F.3d 197, 202 (5th Cir. 1997). Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR. R. 47.5.4. * Case: 18-30531 Document: 00514749092 Page: 2 Date Filed: 12/05/2018 No. 18-30531 Lee fails to address the district court’s reasons for finding his case to be frivolous. Pro se briefs are afforded liberal construction. See Yohey v. Collins, 985 F.2d 222, 225 (5th Cir. 1993). Nevertheless, when an appellant fails to identify any error in the district court’s analysis, it is the same as if the appellant had not appealed the decision. Brinkmann v. Dallas Cty. Deputy Sheriff Abner, 813 F.2d 744, 748 (5th Cir. 1987). Because Lee has failed to challenge any factual or legal aspect of the district court’s disposition of his claims or the certification that his appeal is not taken in good faith, he has abandoned the critical issue of his appeal. See id. Thus, the appeal lacks arguable merit. See Howard v. King, 707 F.2d 215, 220 (5th Cir. 1983). Accordingly, the motion for leave to proceed IFP is denied, and the appeal is dismissed as frivolous. See Baugh, 117 F.3d at 202 n.24; 5TH CIR. R. 42.2. The dismissal of the complaint by the district court and the dismissal of this appeal as frivolous constitute two strikes under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). See Adepegba v. Hammons, 103 F.3d 383, 387-88 (5th Cir. 1996), abrogated in part on other grounds by Coleman v. Tollefson, 135 S. Ct. 1759, 1762-63 (2015). Lee is WARNED that accumulating a third strike will preclude him from proceeding IFP in any civil action or appeal while he is incarcerated or detained in any facility unless he is under imminent danger of serious physical injury. See § 1915(g). IFP MOTION DENIED; APPEAL DISMISSED AS FRIVOLOUS; SANCTION WARNING ISSUED 2