US v. Donte Bernard Baker
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 1:11-cr-00426-JKB-1,1:17-cv-00147-JKB Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Donte Baker. [17-6689]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
DONTE BERNARD BAKER, a/k/a Tay, a/k/a Donnie,
Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, at Baltimore.
James K. Bredar, District Judge. (1:11-cr-00426-JKB-1; 1:17-cv-00147-JKB)
Submitted: July 27, 2017
Decided: August 1, 2017
Before AGEE and FLOYD, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior Circuit Judge.
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Donte Bernard Baker, Appellant Pro Se. Debra Lynn Dwyer, Joshua Thomas Ferrentino,
Robert Reeves Harding, Assistant United States Attorneys, Baltimore, Maryland;
Anthony Joseph Enright, Assistant United States Attorney, Charlotte, North Carolina, for
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Donte Bernard Baker seeks to appeal the district court’s orders dismissing his 28
U.S.C. § 2255 (2012) motion as successive and denying reconsideration. The 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 Baker has not made
the requisite showing. Accordingly, we 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
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