(HC) Howard v. Superior Court Metropolitan Division of County of Kern
ORDER ADOPTING Findings and Recommendations, dismissing Petition, directing Clerk of Court to assign District Judge for purpose of closing case and then close case and declining to issue certificate of appealability 11 signed by District Judge Dale A. Drozd on 9/14/2020. CASE CLOSED. (Lundstrom, T)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
LAMONT J. HOWARD,
ORDER ADOPTING FINDINGS AND
PETITION, DIRECTING THE CLERK OF
COURT TO ASSIGN DISTRICT JUDGE FOR
PURPOSE OF CLOSING CASE AND THEN
CLOSE THE CASE, AND DECLINING TO
ISSUE CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY
(Doc. No. 11)
No. 1:20-cv-00933-NONE-JLT (HC)
Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding in forma pauperis with a petition for writ of
habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. On August 11, 2020, the magistrate judge assigned
to the case issued findings and recommendations to dismiss the petition. (Doc. No. 11.) The
findings and recommendations were served upon all parties and contained notice that any
objections thereto were to be filed within twenty-one days from the date of service of that order.
To date, no party has filed objections.
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, the court concludes that the
pending findings and recommendations are supported by the record and proper analysis.
In addition, the court declines to issue a certificate of appealability. 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). If a court denies the petition, the court may only issue a certificate of
appealability when a petitioner makes a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right.
28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). To make a substantial showing, the petitioner must establish that
“reasonable jurists could debate whether (or, for that matter, agree that) the petition should have
been resolved in a different manner or that the issues presented were ‘adequate to deserve
encouragement to proceed further.’” Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000) (quoting
Barefoot v. Estelle, 463 U.S. 880, 893 (1983)).
In the present case, the court finds that petitioner has not made the required substantial
showing of the denial of a constitutional right to justify the issuance of a certificate of
appealability. Reasonable jurists would not find the court’s determination that petitioner is not
entitled to federal habeas corpus relief debatable, wrong, or deserving of encouragement to
proceed further. Thus, the court DECLINES to issue a certificate of appealability.
Accordingly, the court orders as follows:
ADOPTED IN FULL;
The petition for writ of habeas corpus is DISMISSED;
The Clerk of Court is DIRECTED to assign a district judge to this case for the
purpose of closing the case and then to close the case; and,
The findings and recommendations, filed August 11, 2020 (Doc. No. 11), are
The court DECLINES to issue a certificate of appealability.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
September 14, 2020
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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