Keith Hill v. Harold Clarke
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--denying Motion to proceed in forma pauperis (FRAP 24) [1000017793-2]. A certificate of appealability is denied. Originating case number: 7:15-cv-00201-JLK-RSB. Copies to all parties and the district court/agency . Mailed to: Keith Lamonte Hill. [16-7750]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
KEITH LAMONTE HILL,
Petitioner - Appellant,
HAROLD W. CLARKE,
Respondent - Appellee.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, at
Roanoke. Jackson L. Kiser, Senior District Judge. (7:15-cv-00201-JLK-RSB)
Submitted: June 26, 2017
Decided: July 21, 2017
Before NIEMEYER, WYNN, and FLOYD, Circuit Judges.
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Keith Lamonte Hill, Appellant Pro Se. Virginia Bidwell Theisen, Senior Assistant
Attorney General, Richmond, Virginia, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Keith Lamonte Hill seeks to appeal the district court’s order denying relief on his
28 U.S.C. § 2254 (2012) petition. The order is not appealable unless a circuit justice or
judge issues a certificate of appealability.
28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)(A) (2012).
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 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 Hill has not made
the requisite showing. Accordingly, we 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 in the materials before
this court and argument would not aid the decisional process.
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