United States District Court, E.D. Kentucky, Central Division, Lexington
September 3, 2014
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
HOLLYWOOD DEWAYNE GILL, Defendant.
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
DANNY C. REEVES, District Judge.
This matter is pending for consideration of pro se Defendant Hollywood Dewayne Gill's request that the Clerk of the Court provide him with copies of the transcript of his sentencing hearing. [Record No. 59] Two statutes, 28 U.S.C. §§ 753(f) and 2250, define the government's responsibility to provide transcripts or other court documents to indigent inmates. Pursuant to § 753(f), the government must furnish transcripts of criminal proceedings where a prisoner has authorization to proceed in forma pauperis, the court finds that the § 2255 action is not frivolous, and the court actually needs the transcript to rule on an issue. See 28 U.S.C. § 753(f). With respect to court documents, § 2250 provides:
If on any application for a writ of habeas corpus an order has been made permitting the petitioner to prosecute the application in forma pauperis, the clerk of any court of the United States shall furnish to the petitioner without cost certified copies of such documents or parts of the record on file in his office as may be required by order of the judge before whom the application is pending.
28 U.S.C. § 2250.
Under both statutes, the petitioner must show "a particularized need" for the document requested. Sistrunk v. United States, 992 F.2d 258, 259 (10th Cir. 1993) (addressing requirements of § 753(f) (citing United States v. Maccollom, 426 U.S. 317, 326 (1976)); Bozeman v. United States, 354 F.Supp. 1262, 1263-64 (E.D. Va. 1973) (explaining "particularized need" standard for purposes of § 2250). Here, Gill asserts that he needs the requested document in connection with motions he intends to file seeking collateral relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2255. This broad, vague reason is insufficient. Additionally, his request is premature inasmuch as no request for collateral relief is pending at this time. Accordingly, it is hereby
ORDERED that Gill's letter request/motion [Record No. 59] is DENIED.