Buster Chandler, Jr. v. Cookie Crews, et al
Per Curiam OPINION filed : AFFIRMED, decision not for publication pursuant to local rule 206. Boyce F. Martin , Jr., Circuit Judge; Helene N. White, Circuit Judge and Peter C. Economus, U.S. Senior District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio.
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File Name: 12a1104n.06
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
DEBORAH S. HUNT, Clerk
Oct 26, 2012
BUSTER CHANDLER, JR.,
COOKIE CREWS, Warden; WILLIAM
PALMER, Director of General Operations
Unit C; MELODY SMITH, Dorm 9 Unit
Manager; JOHN DOES; JANE DOES,
ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED
STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR
THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF
Before: MARTIN and WHITE, Circuit Judges; ECONOMUS, District Judge.*
PER CURIAM. Buster Chandler, Jr., a pro se Kentucky prisoner, appeals the district court’s
interlocutory order denying his motion for a preliminary injunction.
Chandler sought injunctive relief alleging that the defendants’ enforcement of Corrections
Policy and Procedure (CPP) 17.1(B), which limits the amount of legal material in an inmate’s living
area to two cubic feet, violates his constitutional rights. After its initial screening of Chandler’s
complaint, the district court allowed some of Chandler’s claims to proceed.
Chandler moved for a temporary restraining order, asserting that correctional officers told
him that he had too much legal material in his cell in violation of CPP 17.1(B) and directed him to
mail his legal material within forty-five days. Otherwise, Chandler claimed, the defendants would
The Honorable Peter C. Economus, United States Senior District Judge for the Northern
District of Ohio, sitting by designation.
-2force him to throw away his legal material, which he needs to file a motion for a new trial. On
June 21, 2011, the district court denied Chandler’s motion for a temporary restraining order, which
the court construed as also seeking preliminary injunctive relief.
Chandler then filed a motion for an emergency protective order in which he asserted that the
deputy warden gave him a forty-five-day extension to mail home his trial tapes, or have them
destroyed. He requested a protective order to prevent the defendants from forcing him to mail his
trial tapes. In their response, the defendants asserted that Chandler challenged the enforcement of
Internal Policy and Procedure (IPP) 21-00-02, which addresses inmate retention and use of audio or
videotape court transcripts. IPP 21-00-02 provides that audio and videotape court transcripts are
stored for inmate use only in the prison library and that the inmate has forty-five days to complete
review of the court transcript unless a written extension is granted. On September 12, 2011, the
district court denied Chandler’s motion.
Chandler filed a timely notice of appeal from the district court’s order denying his motion
for preliminary injunctive relief with respect to his trial tapes. While Chandler attaches that order
to his brief, his brief does not mention his trial tapes or IPP 21-00-02. Instead, Chandler argues that
the district court abused its discretion in denying him an injunction to prevent the defendants from
forcing him to throw away his legal material, apparently challenging the district court’s June 21,
We lack jurisdiction over Chandler’s attempted appeal of the district court’s June 21, 2011,
order. Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 3(c)(1)(B) requires a notice of appeal to “designate the
judgment, order, or part thereof being appealed.” While courts should liberally construe Rule 3’s
requirements, the Rule’s “dictates are jurisdictional in nature, and their satisfaction is a prerequisite
to appellate review.” Smith v. Barry, 502 U.S. 244, 248 (1992). Accordingly, we have “jurisdiction
only over the areas of a judgment specified in the notice of appeal as being appealed.” JGR, Inc. v.
Thomasville Furniture Indus., Inc., 550 F.3d 529, 532 (6th Cir. 2008). Chandler’s notice of appeal
-3designated only “this court’s order enter[ed] on 9-9-11 [sic].” Because Chandler failed to designate
the June 21, 2011, order in his notice of appeal, we lack jurisdiction to review that order.
Chandler’s brief does not mention his trial tapes or IPP 21-00-02, which were the subject of
the district court’s September 12, 2011, order. Issues adverted to “in a perfunctory manner,
unaccompanied by some effort at developed argumentation,” are waived.
DaimlerChrysler Corp., 502 F.3d 475, 483 (6th Cir. 2007) (internal quotation marks and citation
omitted). By failing to address the district court’s denial of preliminary injunctive relief with respect
to his trial tapes, Chandler has abandoned his appeal regarding the district court’s order. See Hills
v. Kentucky, 457 F.3d 583, 588 (6th Cir. 2006); Thaddeus-X v. Blatter, 175 F.3d 378, 403 n.18 (6th
Cir. 1999) (en banc).
The district court’s interlocutory order denying Chandler’s motion for preliminary injunctive
relief is affirmed.
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