Michael Kandis v. David Ballard
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. A certificate of appealability is denied. Originating case number: 3:16-cv-00135-GMG-RWT. Copies to all parties and the district court/agency . Mailed to: Michael Kandis. [17-7476]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
Petitioner - Appellant,
DAVID BALLARD, Warden,
Respondent - Appellee.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia,
at Martinsburg. Gina M. Groh, Chief District Judge. (3:16-cv-00135-GMG-RWT)
Submitted: March 29, 2018
Decided: April 5, 2018
Before TRAXLER, AGEE, and WYNN, Circuit Judges.
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Michael Kandis, Appellant Pro Se. Robert L. Hogan, Shannon Frederick Kiser, OFFICE
OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, Charleston, West Virginia, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Michael Kandis seeks to appeal the district court’s order accepting the
recommendation of the magistrate judge and denying relief on his 28 U.S.C. § 2254
(2012) petition. The order is not appealable unless a circuit justice or judge issues a
certificate of appealability.
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
We have independently reviewed the record and conclude that, even if we deem
Kandis’ objections to the magistrate judge’s report specific enough to warrant de novo
review, Kandis has not made the requisite showing under § 2253(c)(2). 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 decisional process.
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