GHOLSTON v. CHATMAN
ORDER ADOPTING 20 Report and Recommendations and GRANTING 10 Motion to Dismiss. COA is DENIED. Motio to proceed IFP on appeal is DENIED. Ordered by US DISTRICT JUDGE MARC THOMAS TREADWELL on 8/11/2017 (tlh)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
Warden BRUCE CHATMAN,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:16-CV-195 (MTT)
United States Magistrate Judge Charles H. Weigle recommends granting the
Respondent’s motion to dismiss (Doc. 10) the Petitioner’s application for writ of habeas
corpus as untimely. Doc. 20. The Magistrate Judge also recommends that the Court
deny a certificate of appealability. Id. at 6. The Petitioner has objected to the
Recommendation. Doc. 21. The Petitioner has also moved for “a hearing [to] be held
at which time [P]etitioner’s counsel could be questioned concerning what he told
[P]etitioner about the full panoply of appellate rights.” Id. at 6. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §
636(b)(1), the Court has considered the Petitioner’s objection and has made a de novo
determination of the portions of the Recommendation to which the Petitioner objects.
The Recommendation is ADOPTED and made the order of this Court. Accordingly, the
Respondent’s motion to dismiss (Doc. 10) is GRANTED, and the petition is DISMISSED
as untimely. Because the petition is dismissed as untimely, the Court need not
determine the underlying claims of the petition, and the Petitioner’s motion for a hearing
(Doc. 21) is accordingly DENIED as moot.
CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY
A prisoner seeking to appeal a district court’s final order denying his petition for
writ of habeas corpus has no absolute entitlement to appeal but must obtain a certificate
of appealability (“COA”). 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)(A). Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2253(c)(2),
a COA may issue “only if the applicant has made a substantial showing of the denial of
a constitutional right.” This requires a demonstration that “jurists of reason could
disagree with the district court’s resolution of [a petitioner’s] constitutional claims or that
jurists could conclude the issues presented are adequate to deserve encouragement to
proceed further.” Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 327 (2003). When the Court
denies a habeas petition on procedural grounds without reaching the underlying
constitutional claims, as in this case, the petitioner must show that (1) “jurists of reason
would find it debatable whether the district court was correct in its procedural ruling;”
and (2) “jurists of reason would find it debatable whether the petition states a valid claim
of the denial of a constitutional right.” Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000).
The Petitioner has not made these showings. Therefore, the Petitioner is DENIED a
COA. Additionally, because there are no non-frivolous issues to raise on appeal, an
appeal would not be taken in good faith. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3). Accordingly, any
motion to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal is DENIED.
SO ORDERED, this 11th day of August, 2017.
S/ Marc T. Treadwell
MARC T. TREADWELL, JUDGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
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