Nathaniel Johnson v. Michael McCall

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UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 2:09-cv-01532-PMD Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. [998452905] [10-6571]

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Nathaniel Johnson v. Michael McCall Doc. 0 Case: 10-6571 Document: 5 Date Filed: 10/26/2010 Page: 1 UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 10-6571 NATHANIEL JOHNSON, Petitioner - Appellant, v. MICHAEL MCCALL, Warden, Perry Correctional Institution, Respondent - Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, at Charleston. Patrick Michael Duffy, Senior District Judge. (2:09-cv-01532-PMD) Submitted: October 19, 2010 Decided: October 26, 2010 Before DUNCAN, KEENAN, and WYNN, Circuit Judges. Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Nathaniel Johnson, Appellant Pro Se. Donald John Zelenka, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, William Edgar Salter, III, Assistant Attorney General, Columbia, South Carolina, for Appellee. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. Dockets.Justia.com Case: 10-6571 Document: 5 Date Filed: 10/26/2010 Page: 2 PER CURIAM: Nathaniel Johnson 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 (2006) petition. The order is not appealable unless a circuit justice or judge issues a certificate of appealability. A certificate of appealability 28 U.S.C. 2253(c)(1) (2006). will not issue absent "a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right." 28 U.S.C. 2253(c)(2) (2006). relief on the merits, that a When the district court denies satisfies would this standard that claims 473, by the is 484 prisoner demonstrating district debatable reasonable of v. jurists the find court's or assessment Slack constitutional 529 U.S. wrong. McDaniel, (2000); see Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 336-38 (2003). When the district court denies relief on procedural grounds, the prisoner must demonstrate both that the dispositive procedural ruling is debatable, and that the petition states a debatable claim of the denial of a constitutional right. at 484-85. that We have independently has not made reviewed the Slack, 529 U.S. the record and conclude Johnson requisite showing. Accordingly, we deny a certificate of appealability and dismiss the appeal. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials 2 Case: 10-6571 Document: 5 Date Filed: 10/26/2010 Page: 3 before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process. DISMISSED 3

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