US v. Terrence Richardson
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 1:09-cr-00288-JKB-1,1:14-cv-00624-JKB. Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Antonio Reynolds, Terrence Richardson, Traci Robinson. [17-6037]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
TERRENCE RICHARDSON, a/k/a Squeaky, a/k/a L-Don, a/k/a Don,
Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, at Baltimore.
James K. Bredar, District Judge. (1:09-cr-00288-JKB-1; 1:14-cv-00624-JKB)
Submitted: July 20, 2017
Decided: August 9, 2017
Before KING, KEENAN, and WYNN, Circuit Judges.
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Terrence Richardson, Appellant Pro Se. Michael Clayton Hanlon, Assistant United States
Attorney, Antonio J. Reynolds, Traci L. Robinson, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES
ATTORNEY, Baltimore, Maryland; Henry Brandis Marsh, Jr., Assistant State’s Attorney,
Baltimore, Maryland, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Terrence Richardson seeks to appeal the district court’s order denying relief on his
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. at 484-85.
We have independently reviewed the record and conclude that Richardson 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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