Marion Leon Bea v. Harold Clarke
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--denying Motion to appoint/assign counsel [1000085557-2]; denying Motion to proceed in forma pauperis (FRAP 24) [1000085551-2] Originating case number: 1:16-cv-01524-TSE-MSN Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Marion Leon Bea RED ONION STATE PRISON 10800 H. Jack Rose Highway P. O. Box 970 Pound, VA 24279-0000. [17-6448]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
MARION LEON BEA,
Petitioner - Appellant,
HAROLD CLARKE, Director,
Respondent - Appellee.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at
Alexandria. T. S. Ellis, III, Senior District Judge. (1:16-cv-01524-TSE-MSN)
Submitted: September 7, 2017
Decided: September 19, 2017
Before TRAXLER, WYNN, and DIAZ, Circuit Judges.
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Marion Leon Bea, Appellant Pro Se.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Marion Leon Bea 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.
The district court characterized Bea’s petition as challenging his convictions and
dismissed it without prejudice as successive and unauthorized. However, Bea’s petition
challenged the execution of his sentence. We have independently reviewed the record
and conclude that an alternative procedural ground for dismissal renders this appeal
futile. Specifically, Bea’s petition, which is based on events that occurred in 2004 and
2006, is barred by the one-year statute of limitations. See 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)(1)(D)
(2012). Accordingly, we deny a certificate of appealability, deny Bea leave to proceed in
forma pauperis, deny Bea’s motion for appointment of counsel, and dismiss the appeal.
See Reid v. Angelone, 369 F.3d 363, 372 n.5 (4th Cir. 2004).
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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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