US v. Johnny Cooper, Jr.
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--updating certificate of appealability status Originating case number: 3:02-cr-00548-CMC-37,3:14-cv-02200-CMC Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Johnny William Cooper, Jr.. [16-7542]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
JOHNNY WILLIAM COOPER, JR., a/k/a Buck,
Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, at
Columbia. Cameron McGowan Currie, Senior District Judge. (3:02-cr-00548-CMC-37;
Submitted: March 22, 2017
Decided: June 13, 2017
Before MOTZ, WYNN, and DIAZ, Circuit Judges.
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Johnny William Cooper, Jr., Appellant Pro Se. Beth Drake, Acting United States Attorney,
Jane Barrett Taylor, Assistant United States Attorney, Columbia, South Carolina, for
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Johnny William Cooper, Jr., seeks to appeal the district court’s order denying his
Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(d)(3) motion seeking relief from the district court’s order denying
Cooper’s 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (2012) motion. The order is not appealable unless a circuit
justice or judge issues a certificate of appealability. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)(B) (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 motion states a debatable claim of the denial of a constitutional right. Slack, 529 U.S.
We have independently reviewed the record and conclude that Cooper 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
adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the
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