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United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Kareem Antwan DOCTOR, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 18-6046

Decided: June 26, 2018

Before DIAZ and HARRIS, Circuit Judges, and SHEDD, Senior Circuit Judge. Kareem Antwan Doctor, Appellant Pro Se.

Kareem Antwan Doctor seeks to appeal the district court's order denying relief on his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (2012) motion. Although the docketed notice of appeal was received after the expiration of the appeal period, Doctor signed the notice of appeal on August 24, 2017, within the 60-day appeal period. Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(1)(B). Because Doctor is incarcerated, the notice is considered filed as of the date it was properly delivered to prison officials for mailing to the court. Fed. R. App. P. 4(c)(1); Houston v. Lack, 487 U.S. 266, 276, 108 S.Ct. 2379, 101 L.Ed.2d 245 (1988). The record does not conclusively establish whether Doctor provided a notice of appeal to prison officials prior to the expiration of the appeal period. Accordingly, we remand the case for the limited purpose of allowing the district court to make this finding so that we can determine whether Doctor timely filed his notice of appeal under Fed. R. App. P. 4(c)(1) and Houston v. Lack. The record, as supplemented, will then be returned to this court for further consideration.



Remanded by unpublished per curiam opinion. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.

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