US v. Melvin

Filing 920070706

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 06-6833 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, versus GILBERT DEVON MELVIN, a/k/a G-Boy, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, at Raleigh. James C. Fox, Senior District Judge. (5:98-cr-00037-F-14) Submitted: June 6, 2007 Decided: July 6, 2007 Before WILLIAMS, Chief Judge, HAMILTON, Senior Circuit Judge. NIEMEYER, Circuit Judge, and Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Gilbert Devon Melvin, Appellant Pro Se. John Howarth Bennett, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Greenville, North Carolina, for Appellee. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: Gilbert Melvin seeks to appeal the district court's order denying relief on his 28 U.S.C. 2255 (2000) motion and requests appointment of counsel. The order is not appealable unless a circuit justice or judge issues a certificate of appealability. 28 U.S.C. 2253(c)(1) (2000). not issue absent "a A certificate of appealability will showing of the denial of a substantial constitutional right." 28 U.S.C. 2253(c)(2) (2000). A prisoner satisfies this standard by demonstrating that reasonable jurists would find that any assessment of the constitutional claims by the district court is debatable or wrong and that any dispositive procedural ruling by the district court is likewise debatable. Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 336-38 (2003); Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000); Rose v. Lee, 252 F.3d 676, 68384 (4th Cir. 2001). conclude that We have independently reviewed the record and has not made the requisite showing. Melvin Accordingly, we deny a certificate of appealability, deny Melvin's motion for appointment of counsel, and dismiss the appeal. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process. DISMISSED - 2 -

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