US v. Theron Thompson
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--updating certificate of appealability status Originating case number: 4:08-cr-00004-FL-1,4:11-cv-00074-FL Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Theron Jermaine Thompson. [17-6639]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
THERON JERMAINE THOMPSON, a/k/a Freak,
Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, at
New Bern. Louise W. Flanagan, District Judge. (4:08-cr-00004-FL-1; 4:11-cv-00074FL)
Submitted: September 26, 2017
Decided: September 28, 2017
Before NIEMEYER and TRAXLER, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior Circuit
Dismissed in part and affirmed in part by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Theron Jermaine Thompson, Appellant Pro Se. Joshua Bryan Royster, OFFICE OF THE
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Raleigh, North Carolina, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Theron Jermaine Thompson appeals from the district court’s order denying his
motion to amend/correct his presentence report in the underlying criminal proceeding.
To the extent that Thompson’s pleading was construed as a 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (2012)
motion, the district court’s 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 Thompson has not made
the requisite showing. Accordingly, we deny a certificate of appealability and dismiss
this portion of the appeal.
To the extent Thompson’s motion was construed as a petition under 28 U.S.C.
§ 2241 (2012), or as a motion under either Fed. R. Crim. P. 32 or Fed. R. Crim. P. 36, we
have reviewed the record and the district court’s opinion and find no reversible error.
Accordingly, we affirm this portion of the order for the reasons stated by the district
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United States v. Thompson, Nos. 4:08-cr-00004-FL-1; 4:11-cv-00074-FL
(E.D.N.C. May 2, 2017).
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
DISMISSED IN PART; AFFIRMED IN PART
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