January 30, 1985

Mr. William Thomas 1440 N St., NW, #410 Washington, D. C.

Dear Mr. Thomas:

Today, under separate letter, you were sent a docketing statement and notification of your appeal number. The docketing statement should be returned to us within twenty days from date of this letter.

According to your trial attorney, Mr. Shannon, it appears that you may want to represent yourself on appeal. If this is the case a briefing schedule shall issue promptly upon receipt of the docketing statement and you will be notified.

However, since you are indigent, you are entitled to appointed counsel on appeal and the Court will issue an order appointing counsel if you will kindly inform the Court by letter what your intentions are in this matter as soon as possible.

Very truly yours'
/s/Carmen A. Borza
Carmen A. Borza,
Deputy Clerk

cc: Edward R. Shannon, Esq.
United States Court of Appeals


Date January 30, 1985

Docket No. 85-5138 USA v. William Thomas

William Thomas [X] District

1440 N St., NW [_] Tax Court

#410 [_] Bankruptcy

L Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. Thomas

Your appeal has been fled and docketed under the docket number shown above. Please include this number on all papers you file in this case.

Enclosed is the docketing statement required by Rule 7(d) of the General Rules of this Court. It is your responsibility to complete this statement and file it in the Clerk's Office within 20 days of the date of this letter.

This docketing statement is being furnished to you under the following circumstances:

You are the first attorney shown on the notice of appeal in this case. Copies of the docketing statement are not being furnished to any other attorney whose name may appear as counsel for appellant on the notice of appeal.

[X]You signed the notice of appeal as a pro se litigant.

[_]You signed the notice of appeal as trial counsel. We note from the District Court docket entries that you were appointed as counsel under the Criminal Justice Act. Please complete and return the attached docketing statement.

The notice of appeal was signed by appellant proceeding in proper person. A copy of the docketing statement is being furnished to the pro se appellant under separate letter. In view of the fact that you were trial counsel, we are enclosing a copy of the docketing statement. If you are representing the appellant, please complete and return the attached docketing statement. If you are not representing the appellant, please refer to the third paragraph of the instruction sheet attached to the docketing statement.

Please note that the face page of the docketing statement contains instructions for the completion and execution of that form. An original and three copies of the signed docketing statement should be returned to the Clerk's Office, in person between the hours of 9 A.M. & 4 P.M. or by mail, at the following address:

George A. Fisher, Clerk
US Court of Appeals for DC Circuit
US Courthouse, Room 5423
Washington, DC 20001

Of course, copies of this docketing statement should be served upon all parties of record in the trial court proceedings.

Very truly yours,


United States Court of Appeals
Washington, D.C. 20001

January 30, 1985


With the promulgation of Rule 7(d) of the General Rules of this Court, all appellants and petitioners are required to complete a docketing statement setting forth certain information relating to the appeal or review proceeding. The docketing statement must be filed within 20 days after the case is docketed. An original and three copies of the docketing statement are to be submitted on the attached form or on a reasonable facsimile thereof. Rule 7(d) provides as follows:

Docketing Statement. Within 20 days after an appeal has been docketed, the appellant(s) or petitioner(s) shall file an original and three copies of a docketing statement. Forms furnished by the Clerk's Office of this Court, or facsimiles thereof, must be used for this purpose. Docketing statements which are not presented on Clerk's Office forms, or facsimiles thereof, shall not be filed. Proof of service, showing the names and addresses of persons or entities served, shall accompany the docketing statement. The docketing statement shall contain such information as the Court from time to time deems necessary concerning the status and posture of the case and concerning any related cases. The docketing statement shall be prepared on the basis of the knowledge and information reasonably available to appellant/petitioner at the time. Incomplete docketing statements may be rejected for filing.

The docketing statement is to be signed by the attorney for appellant/petitioner or, if the appellant/ petitioner is proceeding in proper person, by the pro se litigant. The Clerk's Of lice will enter the appearance of counsel, or of the person appearing pro se, who signs the docketing statement unless either a previous entry of appearance has been filed or the Clerk's Office is expressly advised in writing to the contrary.

In the event that counsel, to whom the docketing statement has been sent, no longer represents appellant/petitioner, counsel should return the uncompleted form to the Clerk's Office accompanied by a brief to that effect. This advice by former counsel should set forth the name and address, if known, of w c~ as well as the name and current address of appellant-petitioner. 5

The following definitions should be read before completing the docketing statement.


1. "Order" includes a judgment or decree in a district court case and an order, rule or decision in an administrative agency case.

2. "Administrative agency cases" are cases in which the decision of an agency, board or commission of the United States is subject to direct review by a court of appeals.

3. "U.S. Civil" means any civil case, other than a case coming directly from an administrative agency, in which the United States or an officer or agency thereof is a party.

4. "Private Civil" means any civil case in which the United States or an officer or agency thereof is not a party.

5. "Original Proceeding" means an application for issuance by this Court of a writ of mandamus or prohibition or other extraordinary writ, or a writ of habeas corpus.

6. "Substantially the same issues" means issues that are directly involved in other cases of which counsel is aware, which probably should be resolved in the same way as the issues presented in this case and would probably be governed by the decision in this case. (The purpose of this inquiry is to aid the Court in scheduling and coordinating the handling of cases. The response to this question does not require counsel to perform any additional research into pending cases and is not binding on any counsel in their discussion of the significance of other cases in their briefs.)

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