Edelbacher v. California Board of Parole Hearings
ORDER DISMISSING PETITION for Writ of Habeas Corpus, Directing Clerk of Court to Close Case, and Declining to Issue a Certificate of Appealability signed by District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on 09/27/2017. CASE CLOSED.(Flores, E)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
Case No. 1:17-cv-00636-AWI-SAB-HC
ORDER DISMISSING PETITION FOR
WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS, DIRECTING
CLERK OF COURT TO CLOSE CASE,
AND DECLINING TO ISSUE A
CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY
CALIFORNIA BOARD OF PAROLE
Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding pro se with a petition for writ of habeas corpus
18 pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. On January 10, 2017, Petitioner filed the instant federal petition
19 for writ of habeas corpus, wherein Petitioner challenges the Board of Parole Hearings denying
20 him consideration for release under the Elder Parole Program. (ECF No. 1). On June 5, 2017, the
21 Magistrate Judge issued Findings and Recommendation to convert Petitioner’s habeas petition to
22 a civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. (ECF No. 14).
On July 21, 2017, the Court adopted the Findings and Recommendation and ordered
24 Petitioner to notify the Court whether he would like to convert the habeas petition to a § 1983
25 civil rights action or to voluntarily dismiss the petition without prejudice to refiling his claims in
26 a § 1983 action. (ECF No. 16). To date, Petitioner has failed to notify the Court, and the time for
27 doing so has passed. Accordingly, the Court will dismiss the instant habeas action without
28 prejudice to Petitioner refiling his claims in a § 1983 action.
A state prisoner seeking a writ of habeas corpus has no absolute entitlement to appeal a
2 district court’s denial of his petition, and an appeal is only allowed in certain circumstances.
3 Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 335-36 (2003). The controlling statute in determining
4 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
(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).
A court should issue a certificate of appealability if “reasonable jurists could debate
21 whether (or, for that matter, agree that) the petition should have been resolved in a different
22 manner or that the issues presented were ‘adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed
23 further.’” Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000) (quoting Barefoot v. Estelle, 463 U.S.
24 880, 893 & n.4 (1983)). In the present case, the Court finds that reasonable jurists would not find
25 the Court’s determination that Petitioner’s federal habeas corpus petition should be dismissed
26 debatable or wrong, or that the issues presented are deserving of encouragement to proceed
27 further. Therefore, the Court declines to issue a certificate of appealability.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. The petition for writ of habeas corpus is DISMISSED without prejudice to Petitioner
refiling his claims in a § 1983 action;
2. The Clerk of Court is directed to CLOSE the case; and
3. The Court DECLINES to issue a certificate of appealability.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
8 Dated: September 27, 2017
SENIOR DISTRICT JUDGE
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