Randy Jefferson v. Harold Clarke
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--denying Motion to proceed in forma pauperis (FRAP 24) [1000012899-2], denying Motion to proceed in forma pauperis (FRAP 24) [1000009684-2] Originating case number: 2:15-cv-00450-RBS-LRL Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Randy Warren Jefferson LAWRENCEVILLE CORRECTIONAL CENTER 1607 Planters Road Lawrenceville, VA 23868-0000. [16-7737]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
RANDY WARREN JEFFERSON,
Petitioner - Appellant,
HAROLD W. CLARKE,
Respondent - Appellee.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of Virginia, at Norfolk.
Rebecca Beach Smith, Chief
District Judge. (2:15-cv-00450-RBS-LRL)
February 16, 2017
February 22, 2017
Before GREGORY, Chief Judge, DUNCAN, Circuit Judge, and HAMILTON,
Senior Circuit Judge.
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Randy Warren Jefferson, Appellant Pro Se. Kathleen Beatty Martin,
Senior Assistant Attorney General, Richmond, Virginia, for
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Randy Warren Jefferson seeks to appeal the district court’s
order accepting the recommendation of the magistrate judge and
dismissing Jefferson’s 28 U.S.C. § 2254 (2012) petition as untimely
and without merit.
The order is not appealable unless a circuit
justice or judge issues a certificate of appealability.
§ 2253(c)(1)(A) (2012).
A certificate of appealability will not
28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2) (2012).
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-
We have independently reviewed the record and conclude that
Jefferson has not made the requisite showing.
deny a certificate of appealability, 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
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in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the
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