Ball v. Sisto

Filing 28

ORDER DENYING 25 CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY. Signed by Judge Maxine M. Chesney on December 27, 2010. (mmcsec, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/27/2010)

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Ball v. Sisto Doc. 28 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA ROBERT LAMAR BALL, ) ) Petitioner, ) ) v. ) ) WARDEN D.K. SISTO, ) ) Respondent. ) ______________________________ ) No. C 07-2726 MMC (PR) ORDER DENYING CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY (Docket No. 25) On June 28, 2007, petitioner, a California prisoner proceeding pro se, filed the abovetitled petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2254, challenging the validity of his state conviction. By order filed November 1, 2010, the Court denied the petition to the extent it was based on petitioner's claims of juror misconduct and trial court error pertaining to the waiver of petitioner's right to a jury trial on the sentencing allegations. By that same order, the Court granted the petition to the extent it was based on petitioner's ineffective assistance of counsel claim. Petitioner thereafter filed a notice of appeal from the above-referenced denials, along with a request for a certificate of appealability ("COA") pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2253(c) and Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 22(b). A judge shall grant a COA "only if the applicant has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right." 28 U.S.C. 2253(c)(2). "Where a district court has rejected the constitutional claims on the merits, the showing required to satisfy 2253(c) is Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 straightforward: the petitioner must demonstrate that reasonable jurists would find the district court's assessment of the constitutional claims debatable or wrong." Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000). Applying such standard to the claims herein, and for the reasons discussed by the Court in denying the above-referenced two claims, the Court finds petitioner has not demonstrated that reasonable jurists would find the Court's assessment of such claims debatable or wrong. Accordingly, the request for a COA is hereby DENIED. The Clerk shall forward this order, along with the case file, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, from which petitioner may also seek a certificate of appealability. See United States v. Asrar, 116 F.3d 1268, 1270 (9th Cir. 1997). This order terminates Docket No. 25. IT IS SO ORDERED. DATED: December 27, 2010 _________________________ MAXINE M. CHESNEY United States District Judge 2

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