James Platts v. US
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--granting Motion to proceed in forma pauperis (FRAP 24) [999587188-2] Originating case number: 5:14-cv-00072-FPS-JES Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: James C. Platts 370 Little Creek Road Harmony, PA 16037. [15-6514]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
JAMES C. PLATTS,
Petitioner - Appellant,
TERRY O’BRIEN, Warden of Hazelton SPC,
Respondent - Appellee.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, at
Wheeling. Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., Senior District Judge. (5:14-cv-00072-FPS-JES)
Submitted: May 30, 2017
Decided: June 22, 2017
Before MOTZ, WYNN, and FLOYD, Circuit Judges.
Affirmed in part, affirmed as modified in part, and dismissed in part by unpublished per
James C. Platts, Appellant Pro Se.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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James C. Platts, a former federal prisoner, appeals the district court’s order adopting
the magistrate judge’s recommendation, dismissing Platts’ 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (2012)
petition, denying Platts’ motion to amend the petition as moot, and entering a prefiling
injunction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g) (2012). In his § 2241 petition, Platts challenged
his convictions, term of imprisonment, and restitution order.
Initially, we note that Platts was released from custody during the pendency of this
appeal. Accordingly, we dismiss as moot Platts’ challenge to his term of imprisonment.
See United States v. Springer, 715 F.3d 535, 540 (4th Cir. 2013) (“Mootness is a
jurisdictional question and thus may be raised sua sponte by a federal court at any stage of
Next, the district court correctly determined that Platts failed to demonstrate that
28 U.S.C. § 2255 (2012) is an inadequate or ineffective means of challenging his
convictions and restitution order. See In re Jones, 226 F.3d 328, 333-34 (4th Cir. 2000).
However, because the district court lacked jurisdiction over Platts’ § 2241 petition, Rice v.
Rivera, 617 F.3d 802, 807 (4th Cir. 2010) (per curiam), we modify the court’s order to
reflect that the dismissal of Platts’ challenges to his convictions and restitution order is
without prejudice and affirm as modified. See 28 U.S.C. § 2106 (2012); S. Walk at
Broadlands Homeowner’s Ass’n v. OpenBand at Broadlands, LLC, 713 F.3d 175, 185 (4th
Cir. 2013) (“A dismissal for . . . [a] defect in subject matter jurisdiction must be one
without prejudice, because a court that lacks jurisdiction has no power to adjudicate and
dispose of a claim on the merits.”).
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Finally, because Platts’ informal brief does not challenge the denial of the motion
to amend or the entry of the prefiling injunction, Platts has forfeited appellate review of
those decisions. See Jackson v. Lightsey, 775 F.3d 170, 177 (4th Cir. 2014). Accordingly,
we affirm those portions of the district court’s order.
We grant Platts leave to proceed in forma pauperis. We dispense with oral argument
because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this
court and argument would not aid the decisional process.
AFFIRMED IN PART,
AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED IN PART,
AND DISMISSED IN PART
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