Tehgrain Jamal Jones v. Director
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 3:15-cv-00265-HEH-RCY Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Jones. [16-7217]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
TEHGRAIN JAMAL JONES,
Petitioner - Appellant,
DIRECTOR OF THE VA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS,
Respondent - Appellee.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of Virginia, at Richmond.
Henry E. Hudson, District
January 31, 2017
February 9, 2017
Before KING and DUNCAN, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Tehgrain Jamal Jones, Appellant Pro Se.
Jeffrey, III, Assistant Attorney General, Richmond, Virginia,
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Tehgrain Jones seeks to appeal the district court’s order
denying relief on his 28 U.S.C. § 2254 (2012) petition.
order is not appealable unless a circuit justice or judge issues
a certificate of appealability.
See 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)(A)
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
(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.
We have independently reviewed the record and conclude that
Jones has not made the requisite showing.
Accordingly, we deny
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this court and argument would not aid the decisional process.
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