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STEPHENS v. UNKNOWN (2019)

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United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Andre STEPHENS, Plaintiff - Appellant, v. UNKNOWN, Defendant - Appellee.

No. 19-6272

Decided: May 29, 2019

Before KING and RICHARDSON, Circuit Judges, and SHEDD, Senior Circuit Judge. Andre Stephen, Appellant Pro Se.

Andre Stephens appeals the district court's order dismissing Stephen's 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (2012) complaint without prejudice under Younger v. Harris, 401 U.S. 37, 91 S.Ct. 746, 27 L.Ed.2d 669 (1971). On appeal, we confine our review to the issues raised in the Appellant's brief. See 4th Cir. R. 34(b). Because Stephen's informal brief does not challenge the basis for the district court's disposition, Stephen has forfeited appellate review of the court's order. See Jackson v. Lightsey, 775 F.3d 170, 177 (4th Cir. 2014) (“The informal brief is an important document; under Fourth Circuit rules, our review is limited to issues preserved in that brief.”). Accordingly, we affirm the district court's judgment. We 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.

AFFIRMED

PER CURIAM:

Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.

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