US v. Dickinson Norman Adionser
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 2:03-cr-00081-HCM-JEB-1 Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Dickinson Norman Adionser. [16-7748]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff – Appellee,
DICKINSON NORMAN ADIONSER, a/k/a D.C. Black,
Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at
Norfolk. Henry Coke Morgan, Jr., Senior District Judge. (2:03-cr-00081-HCM-JEB-1)
Submitted: April 20, 2017
Decided: June 7, 2017
Before MOTZ and WYNN, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior Circuit Judge.
Dismissed in part; affirmed in part by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Dickinson Norman Adionser, Appellant Pro Se. Darryl James Mitchell, Assistant United
States Attorney, Norfolk, Virginia, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Dickinson Norman Adionser seeks to appeal the district court’s order denying
relief on his “Emergency Motion for Clarification of District Court Senior Judge Henry
Coke Morgan’s Jr. Order dated November 2, 2015, filed February 24, 2016 in Regards to
Appeal Jurisdiction.” With regard to the dismissal of Adionser’s successive 28 U.S.C.
§ 2255 (2012) claims, 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. at
We have independently reviewed the record and conclude that Adionser has not
made the requisite showing with respect to these claims.
Accordingly, we deny a
certificate of appealability and dismiss the appeal in part. With regard to the denial of
Adionser’s Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b) claims, we affirm in part for the reasons stated by the
district court. United States v. Adionser, No. 2:03-cr-00081-HCM-JEB-1 (E.D. Va. Oct.
25, 2016). We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are
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adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the
DISMISSED IN PART;
AFFIRMED IN PART
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