Michael Contrez Jones v. Frank L. Perry
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--denying Motion certificate of appealability (Local Rule 22(a)) [999936654-2]; denying Motion to proceed in forma pauperis (FRAP 24) [999941371-2]; denying Motion to appoint/assign counsel [999943006-2] Originating case number: 5:15-hc-02034-D Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Michael Contrez Jones ALEXANDER CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION 633 Old Landfill Road Taylorsville, NC 28681-0000. [16-7189]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
MICHAEL CONTREZ JONES,
Petitioner - Appellant,
FRANK L. PERRY,
Respondent - Appellee.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, at
Raleigh. James C. Dever III, Chief District Judge. (5:15-hc-02034-D)
Submitted: April 28, 2017
Decided: May 24, 2017
Before SHEDD and AGEE, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior Circuit Judge.
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Michael Contrez Jones, Appellant Pro Se. Peter Andrew Regulski, Assistant Attorney
General, Raleigh, North Carolina, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Michael Contrez Jones seeks to appeal the district court’s orders dismissing as
untimely his 28 U.S.C. § 2254 (2012) petition and denying reconsideration. The orders
are not appealable unless a circuit justice or judge issues a certificate of appealability. 28
U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)(A) (2012). 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)
(2012). 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. 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 petition states a debatable
claim of the denial of a constitutional right. Slack, 529 U.S. at 484-85.
We have independently reviewed the record and conclude that Jones has not made
the requisite showing.
Accordingly, we deny Jones’ motion for a certificate of
appealability and his motion for appointment of counsel, deny leave to proceed in forma
pauperis, and dismiss the appeal. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and
legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument
would not aid the decisional process.
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