Unpublished Dispositionmajor Roosevelt Polk, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Metro Police Department, Defendant-appellee, 825 F.2d 411 (6th Cir. 1987)

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US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit - 825 F.2d 411 (6th Cir. 1987) Aug. 4, 1987


Before ENGEL, MERRITT and KRUPANSKY, Circuit Judges.

This matter is before the court upon consideration of the appellant's motion for appointment of counsel. He has failed to respond to this court's May 7, 1987, order directing him to show cause why his appeal should not be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.

It appears from the record that the final order was entered December 31, 1986. The notice of appeal filed on April 14, 1987, was 74 days late. Rules 4(a) and 26(a), Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.

The failure of an appellant to timely file a notice of appeal deprives an appellate court of jurisdiction. Compliance with Rule 4(a), Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, is a mandatory and jurisdictional prerequisite which this court can neither waive nor extend. Peake v. First Nat'l Bank & Trust Co., 717 F.2d 1016 (6th Cir. 1983). Rule 26(b), Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, specifically provides that this court cannot enlarge the time for filing a notice of appeal.

Accordingly, it is ORDERED that motion for appointment of counsel be denied and the appeal be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. Rule 9(b) (1), Ruless of the Sixth Circuit.