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United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Chavis Odell PULLEN, Petitioner - Appellant, v. Aaron S. JOYNER, Warden, Respondent - Appellee.

No. 19-6234

Decided: May 29, 2019

Before KING and RICHARDSON, Circuit Judges, and SHEDD, Senior Circuit Judge. Chavis Odell Pullen, Appellant Pro Se.

Chavis Odell Pullen appeals the district court's order dismissing Pullen's 28 U.S.C. § 2254 (2012) petition without prejudice for failure to comply with a court order and failure to prosecute, and the district court's order denying Pullen's postjudgment motion. We have reviewed the record and find no reversible error. Accordingly, we grant leave to proceed in forma pauperis and affirm for the reasons stated by the district court.* Pullen v. Joyner, No. 6:18-cv-03426-HMH (D.S.C. Jan. 17 & Feb. 11, 2019). 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.



FOOTNOTE.   Although a certificate of appealability generally is required to appeal “the final order in a habeas corpus proceeding,” 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)(A) (2012), we conclude that none is required here because the district court's dismissal for failure to comply with a court order and failure to prosecute is unrelated to the merits of the § 2254 petition. See Harbison v. Bell, 556 U.S. 180, 182-83, 129 S.Ct. 1481, 173 L.Ed.2d 347 (2009).


Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.

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