The United States Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit, where convicted arms trafficker Viktor Bout's attorney has filed a Notice of Appeal of his District Court case*, has entered an order that may result in the immediate dismissal of his appeal.
The Court entered an order ruling that the appeal will be dismissed "effective April 30" if the appellant (Bout) either pays the filing fees, or moves to be declared in forma pauperis, meaning indigent and unable to pay for his appeal.
I question why this has not yet been done. Is his lawyer not intending to represent Bout in the appeal ? He may have filed the Notice of Appeal, for a limited purpose, just to preserve his client's rights. I cannot believe that Bout would knowingly allow his appeal to lapse like this.
*Viktor Bout vs. United States of America, Case No.: 12-1487 (2nd Cir. 2012).
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