US v. Douglas Pannell, Jr., No. 13-6140 (4th Cir. 2013)

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 13-6140 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. DOUGLAS A. PANNELL, JR., Defendant - Appellant. No. 13-6142 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. DOUGLAS A. PANNELL, JR., Defendant - Appellant. Appeals from the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, at Danville. Jackson L. Kiser, Senior District Judge. (4:09-cr-00024-JLK-RSB-1; 4:12-cv-80540-JLKRSB; 4:10-cr-00008-JLK-RSB-1; 4:12-cv-80541-JLK-RSB) Submitted: March 28, 2013 Decided: Before NIEMEYER, KING, and KEENAN, Circuit Judges. April 2, 2013 Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Douglas A. Pannell, Jr., Appellant Pro Se. Ronald Andrew Bassford, Assistant United States Attorney, Roanoke, Virginia, for Appellee. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. 2 PER CURIAM: Douglas A. Pannell, Jr., seeks to appeal the district court s order denying relief on his 28 U.S.C.A. § 2255 (West Supp. 2012)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) (2006). A certificate of appealability will not issue absent a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. (2006). 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2) When the district court denies relief on the merits, a prisoner satisfies this jurists would reasonable standard find by that demonstrating the district that 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). denies relief demonstrate on both procedural that the When the district court grounds, dispositive the prisoner procedural must 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 Pannell has not made the requisite showing. Accordingly, we deny a certificate of appealability and dismiss the appeals. We dispense with oral argument 3 because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the decisional process. DISMISSED 4