Cook v. Smelosky

Filing 22

ORDER Adopting Findings and Recommendation; ORDER Granting Respondent's Motion to Dismiss; ORDER Dismissing Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus and Directing Clerk of Court to Enter Judgment; ORDER Declining Issuance of Certificate of Appealability, signed by District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill on 6/3/2010. CASE CLOSED.(Verduzco, M)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 STANLEY COOK, 11 Petitioner, 12 v. 13 MICHAEL A. SMELOSKY, 14 Respondent. 15 16 17 18 19 Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding pro se with a petition for writ of habeas corpus 20 pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. 21 On April 23, 2010, the Magistrate Judge issued a Findings and Recommendation that 22 recommended Respondent's motion to dismiss the petition be GRANTED and the petition for writ 23 of habeas corpus be DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE for violating the statute of limitations set forth 24 in 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d). This Findings and Recommendation was served on all parties and contained 25 notice that any objections to the Findings and Recommendation were to be filed within thirty (30) 26 days of the date of service of the order. Over thirty (30) days have passed and no party has filed 27 objections. 28 U . S . D is t r ic t C o u r t E. D . C a lifo r n ia cd UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ORDER DISMISSING PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS AND DIRECTING CLERK OF COURT TO ENTER JUDGMENT ORDER DECLINING ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY 1:09-CV-00477 LJO GSA HC ORDER ADOPTING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION [Doc. #21] ORDER GRANTING RESPONDENT'S MOTION TO DISMISS [Doc. #15] 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 In accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C), this Court has conducted a de novo review of the case. Having carefully reviewed the entire file, the Court concludes that the Magistrate Judge's Findings and Recommendation is supported by the record and proper analysis. A state prisoner seeking a writ of habeas corpus has no absolute entitlement to appeal a district court's denial of his petition, and an appeal is only allowed in certain circumstances. MillerEl v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 335-36 (2003). The controlling statute in determining whether to issue a certificate of appealability is 28 U.S.C. § 2253, which provides as follows: (a) In a habeas corpus proceeding or a proceeding under section 2255 before a district judge, the final order shall be subject to review, on appeal, by the court of appeals for the circuit in which the proceeding is held. (b) There shall be no right of appeal from a final order in a proceeding to test the validity of a warrant to remove to another district or place for commitment or trial a person charged with a criminal offense against the United States, or to test the validity of such person's detention pending removal proceedings. (c) (1) Unless a circuit justice or judge issues a certificate of appealability, an appeal may not be taken to the court of appeals from­ (A) the final order in a habeas corpus proceeding in which the detention complained of arises out of process issued by a State court; or (B) the final order in a proceeding under section 2255. (2) A certificate of appealability may issue under paragraph (1) only if the applicant has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. (3) The certificate of appealability under paragraph (1) shall indicate which specific issue or issues satisfy the showing required by paragraph (2). If a court denies a petitioner's petition, the court may only issue a certificate of appealability "if jurists of reason could disagree with the district court's resolution of his constitutional claims or that jurists could conclude the issues presented are adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed further." Miller-El, 537 U.S. at 327; Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000). While the petitioner is not required to prove the merits of his case, he must demonstrate "something more than the absence of frivolity or the existence of mere good faith on his . . . part." Miller-El, 537 U.S. at 338. In the present case, the Court finds that reasonable jurists would not find the Court's determination that Petitioner is not entitled to federal habeas corpus relief debatable, wrong, or 2 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 U . S . D is t r ic t C o u r t E. D . C a lifo r n ia cd 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 U . S . D is t r ic t C o u r t E. D . C a lifo r n ia deserving of encouragement to proceed further. Petitioner has not made the required substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. Accordingly, the Court hereby DECLINES to issue a certificate of appealability. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 1. The Findings and Recommendation issued April 23, 2010, is ADOPTED IN FULL; 2. Respondent's motion to dismiss the petition is GRANTED; 3. The petition for writ of habeas corpus is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE; 4. The Clerk of the Court is DIRECTED to enter judgment; and 5. The Court DECLINES to issue a certificate of appealability. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: b9ed48 June 3, 2010 /s/ Lawrence J. O'Neill UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE cd 3

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