Willis v. Dept of Transportation

Filing 920071211


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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 07-1676 DANIEL JOHNSON WILLIS, Plaintiff - Appellant, and JONES COUNTY INCORPORATED, IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, versus DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION; LYNDO TIPPETT, As Secretary; CAM MCRAE, As Public Official; JAY CONVERSE, As Private Individuals And/Or Their Successors; TANDS INCORPORATION, As Private Individuals And/Or Their Successors, Defendants - Appellees. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, at New Bern. Louise W. Flanagan, Chief District Judge. (4:07-cv-00046-FL) Submitted: November 21, 2007 Decided: December 11, 2007 Before WILKINSON, MOTZ, and TRAXLER, Circuit Judges. Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Daniel Johnson Willis, Appellant Pro Se. Scott A. Conklin, NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Raleigh, North Carolina; Nicole A. Crawford, BROOKS, PIERCE, MCLENDON, HUMPHREY & LEONARD, Greensboro, North Carolina; John W. Ormand, III, BROOKS, PIERCE, MCLENDON, HUMPHREY & LEONARD, Raleigh, North Carolina, for Appellees. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. - 2 - PER CURIAM: Daniel Johnson Willis seeks to appeal the district This court's order denying his motion for appointment of counsel. court may exercise jurisdiction only over final orders, 28 U.S.C. 1291 (2000), and certain interlocutory and collateral orders, 28 U.S.C. 1292 (2000); Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(b); Cohen v. Beneficial Indus. Loan Corp., 337 U.S. 541 (1949). The order Willis seeks to appeal is neither a final order nor an appealable interlocutory or collateral order. Cir. 1987) (an See Miller v. Simmons, 814 F.2d 962, 967 (4th order denying appointment of counsel is not reviewable by interlocutory appeal). Accordingly, we deny Willis's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis and dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process. DISMISSED - 3 -

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