McKenzie Hopkins v. Patricia Goins-Johnson
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--denying Motion for a certificate of appealability (Local Rule 22(a)) [999953182-2]; denying Motion to assign counsel [999953183-2]. Originating case number: 8:13-cv-03336-PWG. Copies to all parties and the district court. .. [16-7410]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
Petitioner – Appellant,
Jessup, Maryland; BRIAN E. FROSH, Attorney General of the
State of Maryland,
Defendants – Appellees,
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of
Maryland, at Greenbelt.
Paul W. Grimm, District Judge.
February 9, 2017
Before KING and
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
February 24, 2017
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McKenzie Hopkins, Appellant Pro Se. Edward John Kelley, OFFICE
OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF MARYLAND, Baltimore, Maryland, for
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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McKenzie Hopkins 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
Hopkins has not made the requisite showing.
dismiss the appeal.
We also deny Hopkins’ motion to assign
We dispense with oral argument because the facts and
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