Shaw v. Rathman et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION the court DECLINES to issue a COA with respect to any claims as more fully set out in opinion. Signed by Judge C Lynwood Smith, Jr on 1/7/2016. (AHI )
2016 Jan-07 PM 12:31
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
MARK ADAM SHAW,
JOHN T. RATHMAN, Warden,
Case No. 1:14-cv-00490-CLS-HGD
On October 1, 2015, the magistrate judge’s report and recommendation was
entered and the parties were allowed therein fourteen (14) days in which to file
objections to the recommendations made by the magistrate judge. On October 9,
2015, petitioner filed objections to the magistrate judge’s report and recommendation.
With the court’s permission, petitioner filed an amendment to his objections on
October 26, 2015. He filed a further amendment to his objections, without obtaining
court approval, on January 4, 2016. Nonetheless, the court will consider the
additional amendment to the objections.
After careful consideration of the record in this case and the magistrate judge’s
report and recommendation and the petitioner’s objections thereto, the court hereby
ADOPTS the report of the magistrate judge and ACCEPTS the recommendation that
the petition for writ of habeas corpus be denied.
Pursuant to Rule 11 of the Rules Governing § 2254 Cases,1 the Court has
evaluated the claims within the petition for suitability for the issuance of a certificate
of appealability (COA). See 28 U.S.C. § 2253.
Rule 22(b) of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure provides that when an
appeal is taken by a petitioner, the district judge who rendered the judgment “shall”
either issue a COA or state the reasons why such a certificate should not issue.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2), a COA may issue only when the petitioner “has
made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right.” This showing can
be established by demonstrating that “reasonable jurists could debate whether (or for
that matter, agree that) the petition should have been resolved in a different manner”
or that the issues were “adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed further.”
Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484, 120 S.Ct. 1595, 1603-04, 146 L.Ed.2d 542
(2000) (citing Barefoot v. Estelle, 463 U.S. 880, 893 & n.4, 103 S.Ct. 3383, 3394-95
& n.4, 77 L.Ed.2d 1090 (1983)). For procedural rulings, a COA will issue only if
The Rules Governing § 2254 Cases are applicable to cases filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 2241. See Rule 1(b) of the Rules Governing § 2254 Cases. However, the court recognizes that
petitioner, as a federal prisoner, is not required to obtain a certificate of appealability in order to
appeal the denial of his habeas corpus petition. See Sawyer v. Holder, 326 F.3d 1363, 1364 n.3 (11th
reasonable jurists could debate whether the petition states a valid claim of the denial
of a constitutional right and whether the court’s procedural ruling was correct. Id.
The Court finds that reasonable jurists could not debate its resolution of the
claims presented in this habeas corpus petition. For the reasons stated in the
magistrate judge’s report and recommendation, the Court DECLINES to issue a COA
with respect to any claims.
A separate order in conformity with this Memorandum Opinion will be entered
DONE this 7th day of January, 2016.
United States District Judge
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