Billy Tucker v. Warden, McCormick Correctional
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. A certificate of appealability is denied. Originating case number: 0:15-cv-04218-JMC. Copies to all parties and the district court/agency . Mailed to: Billy Shane Tucker. [16-7419]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
BILLY SHANE TUCKER,
Petitioner - Appellant,
WARDEN, MCCORMICK CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION,
Respondent – Appellee,
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of
South Carolina, at Rock Hill. J. Michelle Childs, District Judge.
February 23, 2017
February 28, 2017
Before SHEDD and DIAZ, Circuit Judges, and DAVIS, Senior Circuit
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Billy Shane Tucker, Appellant Pro Se. Donald John Zelenka, Senior
Assistant Attorney General, James Anthony Mabry, Assistant
Attorney General, Columbia, South Carolina, for Appellee.
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Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Billy Shane Tucker seeks to appeal the district court’s order
accepting the recommendation of the magistrate judge and denying
relief on Tucker’s 28 U.S.C. § 2254 (2012) petition.
certificate of appealability.
The order is
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.”
§ 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.
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
Tucker 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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