Joseph Jackson, Petitioner-appellant, v. Dewey Sowders, Warden, Respondent-appellee, 891 F.2d 291 (6th Cir. 1989)Annotate this Case
Before MILBURN and BOGGS, Circuit Judges, and ENGEL, Senior Circuit Judge.
This matter is before the court upon consideration of the appellant's response to this court's October 25, 1989, order directing him to show cause why his appeal should not be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction because of a late notice of appeal. He states that he is proceeding pro se and believed he had a thirty-day rather than a ten-day appeal period.
It appears from the record that the judgment was entered April 19, 1989. The notice of appeal was due to be filed within thirty days from that date. The notice of appeal filed on June 13, 1989, was twenty-five days late. Fed. R. App. P. 4(a) and 26(a).
The failure of an appellant to timely file a notice of appeal deprives an appellate court of jurisdiction. Compliance with Fed. R. App. P. 4(a) is a mandatory and jurisdictional prerequisite which this court can neither waive nor extend. Baker v. Raulie, 879 F.2d 1396, 1398 (6th Cir. 1989) (per curiam); McMillan v. Barksdale, 823 F.2d 981, 982 (6th Cir. 1987); Myers v. Ace Hardware, Inc., 777 F.2d 1099, 1102 (6th Cir. 1985); Denley v. Shearson/American Express, Inc., 733 F.2d 39, 41 (6th Cir. 1984) (per curiam); Peake v. First Nat'l Bank & Trust Co., 717 F.2d 1016, 1018 (6th Cir. 1983). Fed. R. App. P. 26(b) specifically provides that this court cannot enlarge the time for filing a notice of appeal.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the appeal be, and it hereby is, dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. Rule 9(b) (1), Rules of the Sixth Circuit.