Victor Studevant v. Commonwealth of Virginia
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--denying Motion to proceed in forma pauperis (FRAP 24) [1000025066-2] Originating case number: 1:16-cv-01499-GBL-MSN Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Victor W. Studevant LAWRENCEVILLE CORRECTIONAL CENTER 1607 Planters Road Lawrenceville, VA 23868-0000. [17-6072]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
VICTOR W. STUDEVANT,
Petitioner - Appellant,
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA,
Respondent - Appellee.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at
Alexandria. Gerald Bruce Lee, District Judge. (1:16-cv-01499-GBL-MSN)
Submitted: May 25, 2017
Before MOTZ, THACKER, and HARRIS, Circuit Judges.
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Victor W. Studevant, Appellant Pro Se.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
Decided: May 31, 2017
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Victor W. Studevant seeks to appeal the district court’s order dismissing as
successive 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). 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 MillerEl 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 Studevant 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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