US v. Steven Hawkin
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 1:11-cr-00048-LMB-1,1:16-cv-00131-LMB Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. .. [16-6466]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
STEVEN LAWRENCE HAWKINS, a/k/a Hawk,
Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of Virginia, at Alexandria. Leonie M. Brinkema, District
Judge. (1:11-cr-00048-LMB-1; 1:16-cv-00131-LMB)
June 23, 2016
June 29, 2016
Before MOTZ, KING, and WYNN, Circuit Judges.
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Steven Lawrence Hawkins, Appellant Pro Se. Philip Samuel Kaplan,
OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Alexandria, Virginia, for
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Steven Lawrence Hawkins seeks to appeal the district court’s
orders dismissing his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (2012) motion and denying
his motion for reconsideration pursuant to Federal Rule Civil
The orders are not appealable unless a circuit
justice or judge issues a certificate of appealability.
§ 2253(c)(1)(B) (2012).
A certificate of appealability will not
28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2) (2012).
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.
Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484
(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 motion states a debatable claim
of the denial of a constitutional right.
Slack, 529 U.S. at 484-
We have independently reviewed the record and conclude that
Hawkins 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
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argument would not aid the decisional process.
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