US v. Collier Sessom

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UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 7:06-cr-00063-BR-1,7:10-cv-00094-BR Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. [998451008] [10-6989]

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US v. Collier Sessom Doc. 0 Case: 10-6989 Document: 14 Date Filed: 10/22/2010 Page: 1 UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 10-6989 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff Appellee, v. COLLIER DOUGLAS SESSOMS, Defendant Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, at Wilmington. W. Earl Britt, Senior District Judge. (7:06-cr-00063-BR-1; 7:10-cv-00094-BR) Submitted: October 14, 2010 Decided: October 22, 2010 Before MOTZ, KING, and DAVIS, Circuit Judges. Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Collier Douglas Sessoms, Appellant Pro Se. Jennifer P. MayParker, Assistant United States Attorney, Raleigh, North Carolina, for Appellee. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. Dockets.Justia.com Case: 10-6989 Document: 14 Date Filed: 10/22/2010 Page: 2 PER CURIAM: Collier Douglas Sessoms seeks to appeal the district court's order denying relief on his 28 U.S.C.A. 2255 (West Supp. 2010) motion. The order is not appealable unless a circuit justice or judge issues a certificate of appealability. 28 U.S.C. 2253(c)(1) (2006). A certificate of appealability will not issue absent "a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right." 28 U.S.C. 2253(c)(2). When the district court denies relief on the merits, a prisoner satisfies this standard by demonstrating that reasonable jurists would find that the district court's assessment of the constitutional claims is debatable or wrong. 484 (2000); see Miller-El v. Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 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 motion states a debatable claim of the denial of a constitutional right. 529 U.S. at 484-85. Slack, We have independently reviewed the record and conclude that Sessoms has not made the 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: 10-6989 Document: 14 Date Filed: 10/22/2010 Page: 3 before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process. DISMISSED 3

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