US v. Robert Jone


UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 4:13-cr-00103-RAJ-DEM-1,4:17-cv-00041-RAJ Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. [1000187869]. Mailed to: R Jones. [17-6844]

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Appeal: 17-6844 Doc: 7 Filed: 11/07/2017 Pg: 1 of 2 UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 17-6844 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. ROBERT JAYSON JONES, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at Newport News. Raymond A. Jackson, District Judge. (4:13-cr-00103-RAJ-DEM-1; 4:17-cv-00041-RAJ) Submitted: October 24, 2017 Decided: November 7, 2017 Before TRAXLER, AGEE, and DIAZ, Circuit Judges. Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Robert Jayson Jones, Appellant Pro Se. Lisa Rae McKeel, Assistant United States Attorney, Newport News, Virginia, for Appellee. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. Appeal: 17-6844 Doc: 7 Filed: 11/07/2017 Pg: 2 of 2 PER CURIAM: Robert Jayson Jones seeks to appeal the district court’s order dismissing as untimely his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (2012) motion. 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 MillerEl 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 Jones 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 in the decisional process. DISMISSED 2

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