James Anderson v. Bernard McKie

Filing 920100408

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 09-6134 JAMES E. ANDERSON, Plaintiff - Appellant, v. BERNARD MCKIE, Warden; J. C. BROWN, Captain and Disciplinary Hearing Officer; SAM LATTA; JOINER, Associate Warden; L. BAILEY, Lieutenant; KEVIN MOORE, Counselor; MARY SIMPSON, Manager; PAUL DENNIS, Counselor; STEVE WOODWORK, Counselor; M. SHIVERS, Sergeant; VAUGHN JACKSON, Major, Defendants - Appellees. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, at Greenville. Margaret B. Seymour, District Judge. (6:07-cv-01129-MBS) Submitted: March 25, 2010 Decided: April 8, 2010 Before KING, SHEDD, and AGEE, Circuit Judges. Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. James E. Anderson, Appellant Pro Se. William Henry Davidson, II, Matthew Blaine Rosbrugh, DAVIDSON, MORRISON & LINDEMANN, PA, Columbia, South Carolina, for Appellees. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: James E. Anderson appeals the district court's order denying his motion to alter or amend, in which Anderson sought relief from the district court's order granting summary judgment to the Defendants in this 42 U.S.C. 1983 (2006) action. The district court found that Anderson's motion was untimely under Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e). Because Anderson filed the motion outside the ten-day time period of Rule 59(e), * the court should have construed the motion as filed pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b). See In re Burnley, 988 F.2d 1, 2-3 (4th Cir. 1992). Because Anderson's motion merely addressed the merits of the underlying 1983 action and satisfied none of the criteria for granting relief under Rule 60(b), we affirm. See Heyman v. M.L. Mktg. Co., 116 F.3d 91, 94 (4th Cir. 1997); Burnley, 988 F.2d at 3. 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. AFFIRMED In December 2009, Rule 59(e) was amended to extend the relevant time period to twenty-eight days. Anderson's motion to alter or amend was filed in 2008, and the ten-day time period of former Rule 59(e) applies. * 2

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