Brown v. City of VA Beach

Filing 920071228

Opinion

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 07-7402 MICHAEL JOHN BROWN, Petitioner - Appellant, versus CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH, Respondent - Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at Norfolk. Rebecca Beach Smith, District Judge. (2:07-cv-00245-RBS) Submitted: December 20, 2007 Decided: December 28, 2007 Before MICHAEL and KING, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior Circuit Judge. Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Michael John Brown, Appellant Pro Se. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: Michael John Brown seeks to appeal the district court's order dismissing his 28 U.S.C. 2254 (2000) petition without prejudice because he failed to comply with the court's order to pay the required filing fee. 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 We have independently reviewed the record and has not made motion the for requisite a showing. of Brown deny Accordingly, Brown's certificate appealability 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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