US v. Tarvis Dunham
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--denying Motion certificate of appealability (Local Rule 22(a)) [1000036487-2], updating certificate of appealability status Originating case number: 1:12-cr-00011-IMK-RWT-1,1:14-cv-00213-IMK-RWT Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Tarvis Dunham. [17-6130]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
TARVIS LEVITICUS DUNHAM,
Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia,
at Clarksburg. Irene M. Keeley, District Judge. (1:12-cr-00011-IMK-RWT-1; 1:14-cv00213-IMK-RWT)
Submitted: May 23, 2017
Decided: May 26, 2017
Before KING, AGEE, and WYNN, Circuit Judges.
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Tarvis Leviticus Dunham, Appellant Pro Se. Randolph John Bernard, OFFICE OF THE
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Wheeling, West Virginia, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Tarvis Leviticus Dunham seeks to appeal the district court’s order adopting the
magistrate judge’s recommendation and denying relief on his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (2012)
motion. We dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction because the notice of appeal was
not timely filed.
When the United States or its officer or agency is a party, the notice of appeal
must be filed no more than 60 days after the entry of the district court’s final judgment or
order, Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(1)(B), 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 August 9, 2016. The
notice of appeal was filed on January 17, 2017. * Because Dunham failed to file a timely
notice of appeal, or to obtain an extension or reopening of the appeal period, we dismiss
the appeal. Further, we deny Dunham’s motion for a certificate of appealability. 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
For the purpose of this appeal, we assume that the date appearing on the notice of
appeal is the earliest date it could have been properly delivered to prison officials for
mailing to the court. Fed. R. App. P. 4(c); Houston v. Lack, 487 U.S. 266 (1988).
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