Wolfe v. Perry
ORDER Adopting Findings and Recommendation, Denying Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, Directing Clerk of Court to Close Case, and Declining to Issue Certificate of Appealability, signed by District Judge Dale A. Drozd on 9/14/16. CASE CLOSED. (Verduzco, M)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
ERIC THOMAS WOLFE,
ORDER ADOPTING FINDINGS AND
PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS
CORPUS, DIRECTING CLERK OF COURT
TO CLOSE CASE, AND DECLINING TO
ISSUE CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY
(Doc. No. 17)
Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding pro se with a petition for writ of habeas corpus
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. On May 6, 2016, the assigned magistrate judge issued findings and
recommendation recommending that the pending petition be denied. (Doc. No. 17.) On July 22,
2016, petitioner filed timely objections to the findings and recommendation.1 (Doc. No. 20.) In
his objections, petitioner largely repeats arguments previously made in his petition.
In accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C), the court has conducted a
de novo review of the case. Having carefully reviewed the entire file, including petitioner’s
Although petitioner’s filing was labeled as a traverse, the court construes that filing as
objections to the magistrate judge’s findings and recommendation. See Castro v. United States,
540 U.S. 375, 381-82 (2003) (courts may recharacterize a pro se motion to “create a better
correspondence between the substance of a pro se motion’s claim and its underlying legal basis”);
Bernhardt v. Los Angeles County, 339 F.2d 920, 925 (9th Cir. 2003) (courts have a duty to
construe pro se pleadings and motions liberally).
objections, the court concludes that the findings and recommendation are 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.
Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 335-36 (2003); 28 U.S.C. § 2253. If a court denies a habeas
petition on the merits, the court may only issue a certificate of appealability “if jurists of reason
could disagree with the district court’s resolution of [the petitioner’s] 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 the petition should be denied debatable or wrong, or that the issues presented
are deserving of encouragement to proceed further. Petitioner has not made the required
substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. Therefore, the court declines to issue a
certificate of appealability.
For the reasons set forth above:
1. The findings and recommendation issued May 6, 2016 (Doc. No. 17) are adopted in
2. The petition for writ of habeas corpus is denied;
3. The Clerk of Court is directed to close the case; and
4. The court declines to issue a certificate of appealability.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
September 14, 2016
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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