896 F2d 1367 Johnson v. Truppo

896 F.2d 1367
Unpublished Disposition

George T. JOHNSON, Plaintiff-Appellant,
Richard Bradley; Jack S. Hart, Sr.; Michael J. Kirk;
Jimmy D. Westfall, Plaintiffs,
Joe TRUPPO, Sheriff; Bob Lenvill, Correctional Officer;
Ronald Gregory, Commissioner, West Virginia
Department of Corrections, Defendants-Appellees.

No. 89-7793.

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Submitted: Oct. 30, 1989.
Decided: Feb. 8, 1990.

NOTICE: Fourth Circuit I.O.P. 36.6 states that citation of unpublished dispositions is disfavored except for establishing res judicata, estoppel, or the law of the case and requires service of copies of cited unpublished dispositions of the Fourth Circuit.

George T. Johnson, appellant pro se.

Before WIDENER, MURNAGHAN and WILKINS, Circuit Judges.


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George T. Johnson appeals the district court's denial of his motion for appointment of counsel. We dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction.


Under 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1291 this Court has jurisdiction over appeals from final orders. A final order is one which disposes of all issues in dispute as to all parties. It "ends the litigation on the merits and leaves nothing for the court to do but execute the judgment." Catlin v. United States, 324 U.S. 229, 233 (1945).


As the order appealed form is not a final order, it is not appealable under 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1291. The district court has not directed entry of final judgment as to particular claims or parties under Fed.R.Civ.P. 54(b), nor is the order appealable under the provisions of 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1291. Finally, the order is not appealable as a collateral order under Cohen v. Beneficial Industrial Loan Corp., 337 U.S. 541 (1949). See Miller v. Simmons, 814 F.2d 962 (4th Cir.1987), cert. denied, 56 U.S.L.W. 3267 (U.S. Oct. 13, 1987) (No. 86-7132).


Finding no basis for appellate jurisdiction, we dismiss the appeal as interlocutory. We deny leave to proceed in forma pauperis. We dispense with oral argument because the dispositive issue has been decided authoritatively.