Christopher Jon Martinez v. George A Neotti

Filing 20

ORDER ACCEPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS by Judge Margaret M. Morrow for Report and Recommendation (Issued), Report and Recommendation (Issued) 17 , MOTION to Dismiss PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS; MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES 10 . IT IS ADJUDGED that the Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus is dismissed with prejudice. (rh)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA WESTERN DIVISION 7 8 9 10 11 CHRISTOPHER JON MARTINEZ, 12 Petitioner, 13 14 v. GEORGE A. NEOTTI, 15 Respondent. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. CV 11-05383-MMM (VBK) ORDER ACCEPTING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 16 17 Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §636, the Court has reviewed the Petition 18 for Writ of Habeas Corpus (“Petition”), the records and files herein, 19 and the Report and Recommendation of the United States Magistrate 20 Judge (“Report”). 21 // 22 // 23 // 24 // 25 // 26 // 27 // 28 // 1 IT IS ORDERED that: (1) the Court accepts the findings and 2 recommendations of the Magistrate Judge, and (2) the Court declines to 3 issue a Certificate of Appealability (“COA”).1 4 5 DATED:September 23, 2012 MARGARET M. MORROW UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 Under 28 U.S.C. §2253(c)(2), a Certificate of Appealability may issue “only if the applicant has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right.” Here, the Court has accepted the Magistrate Judge’s finding and conclusion that the Petition is timebarred. Thus, the Court’s determination of whether a Certificate of Appealability should issue here is governed by the Supreme Court’s decision in Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 120 S. Ct. 1595 (2000), where the Supreme Court held that, “[w]hen the district court denies a habeas petition on procedural grounds without reaching the prisoner’s underlying constitutional claim, a COA should issue 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.” 529 U.S. at 484. As the Supreme Court further explained: “Section 2253 mandates that both showings be made before the court of appeals may entertain the appeal. Each component of the § 2253(c) showing is part of a threshold inquiry, and a court may find that it can dispose of the application in a fair and prompt manner if it proceeds first to resolve the issue whose answer is more apparent from the record and arguments.” Id. at 485. Here, the Court finds that Petitioner has failed to make the requisite showing that “jurists of reason would find it debatable whether the district court was correct in its procedural ruling.” 2

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