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UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed.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. . Mailed to: R Jones. [17-6844]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
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;
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Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.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Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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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
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