Dennis Freeman v. Lorie Davis, Director
UNPUBLISHED OPINION ORDER FILED. [16-41644 Dismissed for Lack of Jurisdiction] Judge: JES, Judge: JLW, Judge: CH; denying as moot motion for certificate of appealability filed by Appellant Mr. Dennis Ray Freeman [8426056-2]; denying as moot motion to proceed IFP filed by Appellant Mr. Dennis Ray Freeman [8413305-2]; denying as moot motion to appoint counsel filed by Appellant Mr. Dennis Ray Freeman [8413305-3] [16-41644]
Date Filed: 10/10/2017
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
United States Court of Appeals
October 10, 2017
DENNIS RAY FREEMAN,
Lyle W. Cayce
LORIE DAVIS, DIRECTOR, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL
JUSTICE, CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS DIVISION,
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Eastern District of Texas
USDC No. 6:15-CV-879
Before SMITH, WIENER, and HAYNES, Circuit Judges.
PER CURIAM: *
Dennis Ray Freeman, Texas prisoner # 1873252, is serving life in prison
for attempted sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child. Freeman
filed an unsuccessful 28 U.S.C. § 2254 petition challenging his attempted
sexual assault conviction. He subsequently filed a motion pursuant to Federal
Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b)(3), seeking relief from the denial of his § 2254
petition on the basis of fraud, misrepresentation, or misconduct. The district
Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH
CIR. R. 47.5.4.
Date Filed: 10/10/2017
court denied the motion. Freeman now seeks a certificate of appealability
(COA) to appeal the district court’s denial of his Rule 60(b) motion.
Before he can appeal the denial of his motion under Rule 60(b), Freeman
must obtain a COA. See Ochoa Canales v. Quarterman, 507 F.3d 884, 888 (5th
Cir. 2007). The district court did not determine whether Freeman was entitled
to a COA. Because the district court has not issued a COA ruling, we assume
without deciding that we lack jurisdiction over the appeal. See Rule 11(a),
RULES GOVERNING § 2254 PROCEEDINGS; Cardenas v. Thaler, 651 F.3d 442, 444
& nn.1-2 (5th Cir. 2011). Nevertheless, we decline to remand this case to the
district court for a COA ruling because the appeal is frivolous, and a remand
would be futile. See United States v. Alvarez, 210 F.3d 309, 310 (5th Cir. 2000).
In the alternative, even if we have jurisdiction sufficient to grant or deny
a COA in this court absent a COA ruling in the district court, we would deny a
COA. To obtain a COA, Freeman must establish that reasonable jurists would
debate that the district court abused its discretion in denying the Rule 60(b)
motion. See Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000); Hernandez v. Thaler,
630 F.3d 420, 427-28 (5th Cir. 2011). He has failed to make the required
Accordingly, the appeal is DISMISSED for lack of jurisdiction, and
Freeman’s motions for a COA, for leave to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal,
and for the appointment of counsel are DENIED AS MOOT.
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