Johnson v. Roberts et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala on 8/6/2018. (KEK)
2018 Aug-06 AM 09:35
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
TERRY TERRELL JOHNSON,
JAMES H. ROBERTS, JR., et al.,
Case No. 7:15-cv-00667-MHH-TMP
On February 1, 2018, the magistrate judge entered a report in which he
recommended that the Court deny and dismiss with prejudice as time-barred and
procedurally defaulted petitioner Terry Terrell Johnson’s 28 U.S.C. § 2254 petition
for writ of habeas corpus. (Doc. 8). The magistrate judge advised the parties of their
right to file objections within 14 days. (Doc. 8, pp. 10-11). To date, no party has
filed objections to the magistrate judge’s report and recommendation.
A district court “may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or part, the findings
or recommendations made by the magistrate judge.” 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C). A
district court reviews legal conclusions in a report de novo and reviews for plain error
factual findings to which no objection is made. Garvey v. Vaughn, 993 F.2d 776, 779
n.9 (11th Cir. 1993); see also LoConte v. Dugger, 847 F.2d 745, 749 (11th Cir.
1988); Macort v. Prem, Inc., 208 Fed. Appx. 781, 784 (11th Cir. 2006).1
Having reviewed the habeas petition and the report and recommendation, the
Court finds no misstatements of law in the report and no plain error in the magistrate
judge’s description of the relevant state court proceedings. Therefore, the Court
adopts the magistrate judge’s report and accepts his recommendation.
Pursuant to Rule 11 of the Rules Governing § 2254 Cases, 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”
When a party objects to a report in which a magistrate judge recommends dismissal of the action,
a district court must “make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified
proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made.” 28 U.S.C. §§ 636(b)(1)(B)-(C).
or that the issues were “adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed further.”
Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000) (citing Barefoot v. Estelle, 463 U.S.
880, 893 & n.4 (1983)). For procedural rulings, a COA will issue only if 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.
The Court will enter a separate order consistent with this memorandum
DONE this 6th day of August, 2018.
MADELINE HUGHES HAIKALA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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