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United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Olander R. BYNUM, Petitioner-Appellant, v. Harry L. ALLSBROOK, Respondent-Appellee.

No. 20-7529

Decided: April 27, 2021

Before GREGORY, Chief Judge, AGEE, Circuit Judge, and TRAXLER, Senior Circuit Judge. Olander R. Bynum, Appellant Pro Se.

Olander R. Bynum seeks to appeal the district court's order denying Bynum's Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e) motion. We dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction because the notice of appeal was not timely filed.

In civil cases, parties have 30 days after the entry of the district court's final judgment or order to note an appeal, Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(1)(A), unless the district court extends the appeal period under Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(5) or reopens the appeal period under Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(6). “[T]he timely filing of a notice of appeal in a civil case is a jurisdictional requirement.” Bowles v. Russell, 551 U.S. 205, 214, 127 S.Ct. 2360, 168 L.Ed.2d 96 (2007).

The district court entered its order on September 1, 2020. Bynum filed the notice of appeal on October 7, 2020.* Because Bynum failed to file a timely notice of appeal or to obtain an extension or reopening of the appeal period, we dismiss the appeal. 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.



FOOTNOTE.   For the purpose of this appeal, we assume that the date appearing on the notice of appeal is the earliest date Bynum could have delivered the notice 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).


Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.

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