Williams v. USA
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER re 31 MOTION for Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis filed by Stacey Laveral Williams. ORDERED that the construed motion for certificate of appealability is DENIED and the motion to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal (dkt #31) is DENIED. All motions by either party not previously ruled upon are DENIED. Signed by Judge Richard A. Schell on 7/26/2016. (kls, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
STACEY LAVERAL WILLIAMS, #16470-078§
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CIVIL ACTION NO. 4:12cv131
CRIMINAL ACTION NO. 4:09cr87(1)
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
The court notes that Movant filed a notice of appeal, which is construed as a motion for
certificate of appealability. A petitioner must obtain a certificate of appealability before he can
appeal a district court’s decision. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1). A certificate of appealability may issue
only if the petitioner has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. 28
U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2).
The Supreme Court of the United States fully explained the requirement associated with a
“substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right” in Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484,
120 S. Ct. 1595, 1604, 146 l. Ed.2d 542 (2000). In cases where a district court rejects a petitioner’s
constitutional claims on the merits, the petitioner “must demonstrate that reasonable jurists would
find the district court’s assessment of the constitutional claims debatable or wrong.” Id.; Henry v.
Cockrell, 327 F.3d 429, 431 (5th Cir. 2003). “When a district court denies a habeas petition on
procedural grounds without reaching the movant’s underlying constitutional claim, a COA should
issue when the movant shows, at least, that “jurists of reason would find it debatable whether the
[motion] states a valid claim of the denial of a constitutional right and that jurists of reason would
find it debatable whether the district court was correct in its procedural ruling.” Id. The Supreme
Court has held that a certificate of appealability is a “jurisdictional prerequisite” and a court of
appeals lacks jurisdiction to rule on the merits until a certificate of appealability has been issued.
Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 336, 123 S. Ct. 1029, 1039, 154 L. Ed.2d 931 (2003).
It appears that Movant is appealing the denial of his second motion for relief pursuant to Rule
60(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Movant’s motion for relief from judgment was denied
because he failed to show that denying his motion would result in a manifest injustice. He simply
has not made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right and is not entitled to a
certificate of appealability.
Petitioner also filed a motion to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal (dkt #31). Because he
has not shown that he is entitled to a certificate of appealability, he also has not shown that he is
entitled to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal. United States v. Delario, 120 F.3d 580, 582-83 (5th
Cir. 1997). Furthermore, a review of the inmate statement shows that Movant has average deposits
of $298.00 each month. For this reason, he is likewise not entitled to in forma pauperis status. It is
ORDERED that the construed motion for certificate of appealability is DENIED and the
motion to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal (dkt #31) is DENIED. All motions by either party
not previously ruled upon are DENIED.
SIGNED this the 26th day of July, 2016.
RICHARD A. SCHELL
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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