Pfeifle v. Johnson

Filing 920070124

Opinion

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 06-7838 ERIC T. PFEIFLE, Petitioner - Appellant, versus GENE M. JOHNSON, Director, Respondent - Appellee. No. 06-7899 ERIC T. PFEIFLE, Petitioner - Appellant,, versus GENE M. JOHNSON, Director, Respondent - Appellee. Appeals from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at Alexandria. James C. Cacheris, Senior District Judge. (1:06-cv-00749-JCC) Submitted: January 18, 2007 Decided: January 24, 2007 Before WILKINSON, TRAXLER, and GREGORY, Circuit Judges. Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Eric T. Pfeifle, Appellant Pro Se. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. - 2 - PER CURIAM: Eric T. Pfeifle seeks to appeal the district court's order directing him to show cause why his 28 U.S.C. 2254 (2000) petition should not be dismissed as untimely and the final order dismissing his 2254 petition as untimely and barred by his procedural default.* The orders are 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, 683-84 (4th Cir. 2001). We have independently reviewed the record and conclude that Pfeifle has not made the requisite showing. Accordingly, we deny a certificate of appealability and dismiss the appeals. We also deny Pfeifle's motion to appoint counsel. We Pfeifle first appealed the district court's September 12, 2006 show cause order. It is questionable whether his notice of appeal was timely under Houston v. Lack, 487 U.S. 266 (1988). Because Pfeifle filed a timely notice of appeal of the final judgment order, the preliminary notice of appeal is effectively superseded by the second notice of appeal. - 3 - * 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 - 4 -

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