Heard v. Hobbs
ORDER denying  Petitioner's Motion for Certificate of Appealability. Signed by Magistrate Judge Joe J. Volpe on 6/11/2012. (srw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
DEMETRIUS LETRON HEARD,
RAY HOBBS, Director
Arkansas Department of Correction
Mr. Heard filed a Notice of Appeal (Doc. No. 16), which this Court construes as a Motion
for Certificate of Appealability.1 See Tiedeman v. Benson, 122 F.3d 518, 522 (8th Cir. 1997). For
the following reasons, Mr. Heard’s Motion is DENIED.
Under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA), an inmate may not
appeal a district court’s dismissal of his or her habeas Petition unless that court issues a certificate
of appealability (COA). 28 U.S.C. § 2253. In cases where the district court dismissed the inmate’s
petition on procedural grounds and did not reach the merits of the inmate’s claims, a COA will issue
only “when the prisoner shows, at least, that jurists of reason would find it debatable whether the
petition states a valid claim of the denial of a constitutional right and that jurists of reason would
find it debatable whether the district court was correct in its procedural ruling.” Slack v. McDaniel,
529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000). Notably, “[s]ection 2253 mandates that both showings be made before
the court of appeals may entertain the appeal.” Id.
The Court finds that Mr. Heard cannot make the requisite showing. He filed his Petition
This Court recognizes that 28 U.S.C. § 2253 does not require an application and has
authority to consider a certificate of appealability sua sponte. Thomas v. Crosby, 371 F.3d 782, 794813 (11th Cir. 2004), Alexander v. Johnson, 211 F.3d 895, 898 (5th Cir. 2000).
approximately six (6) months after the one-year statute of limitations ran, and the substance of the
claims in the Petition does not indicate that Mr. Heard is entitled to equitable tolling. Therefore, Mr.
Heard’s Motion is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 11th day of June, 2012.
JOE J. VOLPE
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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