William F. Graves, Petitioner-appellant, v. John Jabe, Respondent-appellee, 944 F.2d 904 (6th Cir. 1991)

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US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit - 944 F.2d 904 (6th Cir. 1991) Sept. 23, 1991

Before RYAN, Circuit Judge, WELLFORD, Senior Circuit Judge, and HIGGINS, District Judge* .

ORDER

This matter is before the court upon consideration of the response submitted by appellant to this court's order entered on August 5, 1991, directing him to show cause why his appeal should not be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. Appellant contends that he believed that the appeal period applicable to this case was 90 days, and that his neglect was therefore excusable.

It appears from the record that the judgment was entered April 24, 1991. The notice of appeal filed on June 17, 1991, was 24 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.

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The Honorable Thomas A. Higgins, U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee, sitting by designation