43 F3d 1469 Watkins v. L Smith
43 F.3d 1469
Ralph Kirkland WATKINS, Petitioner Appellant,
William L. SMITH; Attorney General of the State of
Maryland, Respondents Appellees.
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.
Submitted: Nov. 17, 1994
Decided: Dec. 13, 1994.
NOTICE: Fourth Circuit I.O.P. 36.6 states that citation of unpublished dispositions is disfavored except for establishing res judicata, estoppel, or the law of the case and requires service of copies of cited unpublished dispositions of the Fourth Circuit.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, at Baltimore. Frederic N. Smalkin, District Judge. (CA-94-1028-S)
Ralph Kirkland Watkins, Appellant Pro Se.
Before RUSSELL and MURNAGHAN, Circuit Judges, and BUTZNER, Senior Circuit Judge.
Appellant seeks to appeal the district court's order denying relief on his 28 U.S.C. Sec. 2254 (1988) petition. Our review of the record and the district court's opinion discloses that this appeal is without merit. Accordingly, we deny in forma pauperis status and a certificate of probable cause to appeal, and dismiss the appeal on the reasoning of the district court. Watkins v. Smith, No. CA-94-1028-S (D. Md. May 2, 1994). We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the Court and argument would not aid the decisional process.