Tarver v. United States of America
ORDER denying 6 Motion for Certificate of Appealability. Signed by Judge Susan C Bucklew on 10/12/2016. (JD)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
WILLIAM DONNELL TARVER III
Case No. 8:16-cv-1923-T-24 AEP
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
This cause comes before the Court on Petitioner’s Request for a Certificate of
Appealability (“COA”) regarding this Court’s Order (Doc. No. 2) denying his § 2255 motion.
(Doc. No. 6). As explained below, the motion for a COA is DENIED.
A prisoner seeking a motion to vacate has no absolute entitlement to appeal a district
court's denial of his motion. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1). Rather, a district court must first issue a
COA. Id. “A [COA] may issue . . . only if the applicant has made a substantial showing of the
denial of a constitutional right.” Id. at § 2253(c)(2). To make such a showing, Petitioner “must
demonstrate that reasonable jurists would find the district court’s assessment of the
constitutional claims debatable or wrong,” Tennard v. Dretke, 542 U.S. 274, 282 (2004)
(quoting Slack v. McDaniel 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000)), or that “the issues presented were
‘adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed further,’” Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322,
335-36 (2003) (quoting Barefoot v. Estelle, 463 U.S. 880, 893 n. 4 (1983)).
Petitioner has not made the requisite showing in these circumstances. Specifically, he
seeks a COA in order to appeal this Court’s conclusion that he cannot seek relief under Johnson
v. United States, 135 S.Ct. 2551 (2015), given that he was sentenced as a career offender under
§ 4B1.1 of the United States Sentencing Guidelines. However, Johnson does not apply to the
advisory Guidelines, and as such, provides Petitioner no relief. U.S. v. Matchett, 802 F.3d 1185,
1193-96 (11th Cir. 2015), reh’g en banc denied 2016 WL 4757211 (11th Cir. Sept. 13, 2016).
Accordingly, it is ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that Petitioner’s request for a COA
(Doc. No. 6) is DENIED.
DONE AND ORDERED at Tampa, Florida, this 12th day of October, 2016.
All Parties and Counsel of Record
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