Arthur Goulette v. Admin at Cherry Hospital
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--denying Motion to appoint/assign counsel [1000097951-2] Originating case number: 5:16-ct-03002-FL Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Arthur Goulette. [17-6330]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
ARTHUR JAY GOULETTE,
Plaintiff - Appellant,
ADMINISTRATOR AT CHERRY HOSPITAL; GEORGE T. SOLOMAN; C/O
POWELL; J. LUCKEY WEISH, JR.; DEBORAH L. MCSWAIN,
Defendants - Appellees.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, at
Raleigh. Louise W. Flanagan, District Judge. (5:16-ct-03002-FL)
Submitted: June 22, 2017
Decided: June 27, 2017
Before GREGORY, Chief Judge, and FLOYD and HARRIS, Circuit Judges.
Dismissed in part, and affirmed in part by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Arthur Jay Goulette, Appellant Pro Se.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Arthur Goulette appeals from the district court’s orders dismissing his 42 U.S.C.
§ 1983 (2012) action under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii) (2012) and denying his postjudgment motions. We dismiss for lack of jurisdiction Goulette’s appeal of the order
dismissing his § 1983 action 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 dismissing the
§ 1983 action was entered on the docket on August 4, 2016. The notice of appeal was
filed on March 7, 2017. * Goulette’s post-judgment motions had no impact on the time
allotted to file the notice of appeal. See Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(4)(A). Because Goulette’s
notice of appeal was not timely as to the August 4, 2016, order and judgment, we dismiss
the appeal of this order.
The notice of appeal is timely, however, for the March 2, 2017, order denying
Goulette’s post-judgment motions. We have reviewed the record and find no reversible
error. Accordingly, we affirm for the reasons stated by the district court. Goulette v.
Adm’r at Cherry Hosp., No. 5:16-ct-03002-FL (E.D.N.C. Mar. 2, 2017).
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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Goulette’s motion to appoint counsel and 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.
DISMISSED IN PART, AFFIRMED IN PART
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