Eugene Sudell Willis, Petitioner-appellant, v. State of North Carolina, James E. Thornton, Respondents-appellees, 809 F.2d 786 (4th Cir. 1987)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 809 F.2d 786 (4th Cir. 1987) Submitted Dec. 10, 1986. Decided Jan. 5, 1987

Before MURNAGHAN and SPROUSE, Circuit Judges, and BUTZNER, Senior Circuit Judge.

Eugene Sudell Willis, appellant pro se.

Richard N. League, Office of the Attorney General, for appellees.


A review of the record and the district court's opinion adopting the magistrate's recommendation discloses that an appeal from its order refusing habeas corpus relief pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 would be without merit. Because the dispositive issues recently have been decided authoritatively, we deny a certificate of probable cause to appeal, dispense with oral argument, and dismiss the appeal on the reasoning of the district court. Willis v. North Carolina, C/A No. 85-67-HC (E.D.N.C., Aug. 6, 1986).