Benjamin Fawley v. Gene Johnson
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--denying Motion for delayed appeal [1000098824-2], denying Motion for expanding record [1000084721-2], denying Motion for to address the time bar [1000077599-2], denying Motion to enter facts and evidence [1000072789-2], denying Motion to raise actual harm [1000046561-2] Originating case number: 2:09-cv-00452-MSD-FBS Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Benjamin Fawley. [17-6188]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
BENJAMIN WILLIAM FAWLEY,
Petitioner - Appellant,
GENE M. JOHNSON, Director of the Virginia Department of Corrections,
Respondent - Appellee.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at
Norfolk. Mark S. Davis, District Judge. (2:09-cv-00452-MSD-FBS)
Submitted: June 9, 2017
Decided: July 10, 2017
Before TRAXLER, SHEDD, and WYNN, Circuit Judges.
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Benjamin William Fawley, Appellant Pro Se. David Michael Uberman, OFFICE OF
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF VIRGINIA, Richmond, Virginia, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Benjamin William Fawley seeks to appeal the district court’s order dismissing as
untimely and, alternatively, denying as without merit his Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b) motion for
reconsideration of its prior order dismissing as time-barred 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); Reid v. Angelone, 369 F.3d 363, 369
(4th Cir. 2004). 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 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 Fawley has not made the requisite showing.
Accordingly, we deny a certificate of appealability, deny Fawley’s motions for a
delayed appeal, to expand the record, to address the time bar, to enter facts and evidence,
and to raise actual harm, 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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