USA v. James Strouse
UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [16-41384 Dismissed as Frivolous in Part and Dismissed for Want of Jurisdiction in Part] Judge: PEH, Judge: EHJ, Judge: JES. Mandate pull date is 10/05/2017; denying motion to consolidate cases filed by Appellant Mr. James Brandon Strouse [8394462-2]; denying motion to disqualify district court judge filed by Appellant Mr. James Brandon Strouse [8360219-2], denying motion to disqualify district court judge filed by Appellant Mr. James Brandon Strouse [8342077-2]; denying motion to remand case filed by Appellant Mr. James Brandon Strouse [8360219-3]; denying motion to vacate the judgment of the district court filed by Appellant Mr. James Brandon Strouse [8360219-4] [16-41384]
Date Filed: 09/14/2017
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
United States Court of Appeals
September 14, 2017
Lyle W. Cayce
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
JAMES BRANDON STROUSE,
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Eastern District of Texas
USDC No. 4:09-CR-46-1
Before HIGGINBOTHAM, JONES, and SMITH, Circuit Judges.
PER CURIAM: *
James Strouse filed a notice of appeal from an order denying his motion
Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH
CIR. R. 47.5.4.
Date Filed: 09/14/2017
under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 36 to correct the presentence report
(“PSR”) after his conviction of possession of child pornography. He does not
address that motion in his appellate brief, however, and thereby has effectively
not appealed that issue. See Brinkmann v. Dallas Cty. Deputy Sheriff Abner,
813 F.2d 744, 748 (5th Cir. 1987); see also Yohey v. Collins, 985 F.2d 222,
224−25 (5th Cir. 1993).
Instead, Strouse’s brief challenges an order by the district court, in a
separate case, that denied a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) motion. He
also moves to vacate the Rule 60(b) order and to remand that case to the district
court. The Rule 60(b) motion is pending before this court in another appeal.
Thus, with respect to Strouse’s Rule 36 and Rule 60(b) issues, the appeal is
DISMISSED as frivolous. See Howard v. King, 707 F.3d 215, 220 (5th Cir.
To the extent that Strouse also seeks review of the order denying his
recusal motion under 28 U.S.C. § 455, we lack jurisdiction because the notice
of appeal designated the Rule 36 order and was filed before the § 455 order was
issued, so the appeal in that respect is DISMISSED for want of jurisdiction.
See FED. R. APP. P. 3(c)(B); Warfield v. Fid. & Deposit Co., 904 F.2d 322, 325−26
(5th Cir. 1990). Strouse’s motions to disqualify the judge, vacate the judge’s
orders, and remand are DENIED, as is Strouse’s motion to consolidate the two
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