Otis T. Madison v. Director of the Virginia Dept.
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--denying Motion to proceed in forma pauperis (FRAP 24) [999897522-2] Originating case number: 3:15-cv-00422-HEH-RCY Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Otis T. Madison WALLENS RIDGE STATE PRISON P. O. Box 759 Big Stone Gap, VA 24219. [16-6831]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
OTIS T. MADISON,
Petitioner - Appellant,
DIRECTOR OF THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS,
Respondent - Appellee.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at
Richmond. Henry E. Hudson, District Judge. (3:15-cv-00422-HEH-RCY)
Submitted: August 24, 2017
Decided: September 8, 2017
Before WILKINSON, KING, and FLOYD, Circuit Judges.
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Otis T. Madison, Appellant Pro Se. Aaron Jennings Campbell, OFFICE OF THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL OF VIRGINIA, Richmond, Virginia, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Otis T. Madison seeks to appeal the district court’s order denying relief on his 28
U.S.C. § 2254 (2012) petition. We dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction because the
notice of appeal was not timely filed.
Parties are accorded 30 days after the entry of the district court’s final judgment or
order to note an appeal, Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(1)(A), unless the district court extends the
appeal period under Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(5), or reopens the appeal period under Fed. R.
App. P. 4(a)(6). “[T]he timely filing of a notice of appeal in a civil case is a jurisdictional
requirement.” Bowles v. Russell, 551 U.S. 205, 214 (2007).
The district court’s order was entered on the docket on May 6, 2016. The district
court found on limited remand from this court that Madison handed his notice of appeal to
prison officials for mailing on June 10, 2016, and, thus, that the notice of appeal was not
timely filed under Fed. R. App. P. 4(c)(1). We review this factual finding for clear error,
see Ray v. Clements, 700 F.3d 993, 1012 (7th Cir. 2012), and we discern no such error.
Thus, Madison filed the notice of appeal, beyond the 30-day appeal period.
Because Madison failed to file a timely notice of appeal or to obtain an extension or
reopening of the appeal period, we deny leave to proceed in forma pauperis and dismiss
the appeal. 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
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