DENNIS LEON SMITH BRUCE CLYDE SMITH v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA STATE OF COLORADO STATE OF OKLAHOMA STATE OF KANSAS STATE OF NEW MEXICO STATE OF TEXAS 50

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United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.

DENNIS LEON SMITH; BRUCE CLYDE SMITH, Plaintiffs - Appellants, v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; STATE OF COLORADO; STATE OF OKLAHOMA; STATE OF KANSAS; STATE OF NEW MEXICO; STATE OF TEXAS; and John and Jane Does 1-50, Defendants - Appellees.

No. 16-1414

    Decided: February 03, 2017

Before BRISCOE and McHUGH, Circuit Judges.**

ORDER AND JUDGMENT*

After examining the briefs and appellate record, this panel has determined unanimously that oral argument would not materially assist in the determination of this appeal. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a)(2); 10th Cir. R. 34.1(G). The case is, therefore, submitted without oral argument.

Dennis Leon Smith and Bruce Clyde Smith, a father and son proceeding pro se, appeal a minute order of the district court for the District of Colorado striking three filings. This appeal is the third in a lawsuit begun in July, 2007, when the Smiths filed a letter and two documents titled “Private Case to Appropriate Suitor's Superior Claim” and “Suitor's One [S]upreme Court Rules.” The district court dismissed the case for uncured filing deficiencies. Over the next nine years, the Smiths twice appealed and filed additional, incomprehensible documents. In August and September, 2016, they filed three more documents — a “Procedurally Modified Declaratory Judgment & Mandatory Injunction,” a “Writ of Mandamus,” and a “Writ of Prohibition” — which the district court struck in a minute order on September 14, 2016. The Smiths timely appealed.

Because the contested minute order is not a final appealable order, we lack jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291. See Catlin v. United States, 324 U.S. 229, 233 (1945) (a final decision is “one which ends the litigation on the merits and leaves nothing for the court to do but execute the judgment.”). The district court did enter a final appealable order on August 22, 2007, dismissing the case. The Smiths never timely appealed this order. By now, the time for appeal has long since expired. None of the other avenues to jurisdiction applies. We therefore DISMISS this appeal for lack of jurisdiction. We DENY Appellants' Motions for Leave to Proceed in Forma Pauperis.

Entered for the Court

Mary Beck Briscoe Circuit Judge

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