Carnell Davis v. Warden, Lieber Correctional In

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 08-6076 CARNELL DAVIS, Petitioner - Appellant, v. WARDEN, LIEBER CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, Respondent - Appellee, and STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, Respondent. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, at Beaufort. Henry M. Herlong, Jr., District Judge. (9:07-cv-03318-HMH) Submitted: March 27, 2008 Decided: April 4, 2008 Before TRAXLER* and DUNCAN, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior Circuit Judge. Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Judge Traxler did not participate in consideration of this case. The opinion is filed by a quorum of the panel pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 46(d). * Carnell Davis, Appellant Pro Se. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. - 2 - PER CURIAM: Carnell Davis seeks to appeal the district court's order accepting the recommendation of the magistrate judge and denying relief on his 28 U.S.C. 2254 (2000) petition for failure to exhaust state court remedies. Our review of Davis' petition reveals that it merely repeats arguments he presented in a prior petition under 2254. Davis' petition is, therefore, a successive petition to vacate or modify sentence under 2254 for which Davis has not received authorization under 28 U.S.C. 2244 (2000). See United States v. Winestock, 340 F.3d 200, 206-07 (4th Cir. 2003). An appeal may not be taken from the final order in a 2254 proceeding unless a circuit justice or judge issues a certificate of appealability. See 28 U.S.C. 2253(c)(1) (2000). A certificate of appealability will not issue absent "a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right." 2253(c)(2) (2000). that A prisoner satisfies would this 28 U.S.C. standard that by any demonstrating reasonable jurists find 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. See 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 Davis - 3 - has not made the requisite showing. Accordingly, we deny a certificate of appealability and dismiss the appeal. To the extent Davis' notice of appeal and informal brief could be construed as a motion for authorization to file a successive 2254 petition, we deny such authorization because he has not shown he would benefit from newly discovered evidence or retroactive application of a new rule of constitutional law. Winestock, 340 F.3d at 208. See We also deny Davis' motion for an en banc hearing. 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 - 4 -

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