Ozelia Hicks, Jr. v. Commonwealth of Virginia
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--denying Motion for other relief [1000109534-2], denying Motion for other relief [1000109530-2], denying Motion for other relief [1000109525-2], denying Motion for other relief [1000089401-2]; denying Motion to proceed in forma pauperis (FRAP 24) [1000090528-2] Originating case number: 3:16-cv-00946-REP-RCY Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Ozelia Hicks Jr. GREENSVILLE CORRECTIONAL CENTER 901 Corrections Way Route 1, Box 205 Jarratt, VA 23870-9614. [17-6647]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
OZELIA HICKS, JR.,
Petitioner - Appellant,
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA; HAROLD W. CLARKE, Director;
VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS,
Respondents - Appellees.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at
Richmond. Robert E. Payne, Senior District Judge. (3:16-cv-00946-REP-RCY)
Submitted: October 17, 2017
Decided: October 19, 2017
Before FLOYD and HARRIS, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior Circuit Judge.
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Ozelia Hicks, Jr., Appellant Pro Se.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Ozelia Hicks, Jr., 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. See 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 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 Hicks has not made
the requisite showing. Accordingly, we deny Hicks’ motions for a new trial, to proceed
in forma pauperis, for an extraordinary writ, to file an amicus curiae brief, 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 decisional process.
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