Leslie v. Johnson
ORDER adopting the 15 Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation as the opinion of the Court; denying the instant petition, brought pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, without an evidentiary hearing or appointing counsel; denying a COA in this case; determining that Petitioner is not entitled to appeal in forma pauperis; closing this civil action; and directing the Clerk to enter final judgment in favor of Respondent. Signed by Judge J. Randal Hall on 1/9/2017. (jah)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
SAJID F. LESLIE,
GLENN JOHNSON, Warden,
After a careful, de novo review of the file, the Court concurs with the Magistrate
Judge's Report and Recommendation, to which objections have been filed (doc. no. 19).
Petitioner does not offer any new evidence or argument that warrants deviating from the
Magistrate Judge's recommendation. Accordingly, the Court ADOPTS the Report and
Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge as its opinion and DEND2S the instant petition,
brought pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, without an evidentiary hearing or appointing counsel.
A prisoner seeking relief under § 2254 must obtain a certificate of appealability
("COA") before appealing the denial of his application for a writ of habeas corpus. This
Court "must issue or deny a certificate of appealability when it enters a final order adverse to
the applicant." Rule 11(a) to the Rules Governing Section 2254 Proceedings. This Court
should grant a COA only if the prisoner makes a "substantial showing of the denial of a
constitutional right." 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). For the reasons set forth in the Report and
Recommendation, and in consideration of the standards enunciated in Slack v. McDaniel
529 U.S. 473, 482-84 (2000), Petitioner has failed to make the requisite showing.
Accordingly, the Court DENIES a COA in this case.1 Moreover, because there are no nonfrivolous issues to raise on appeal, an appeal would not be taken in good faith, and Petitioner
is not entitled to appeal informa pauperis. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).
Upon the foregoing, the Court CLOSES this civil action and DIRECTS the Clerk to
enter final judgment in favor of Respondent.
SO ORDERED this Vday of January, 2017, at Augusta, Georgia.
HONORABLE J. RANDAL HALL
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
h'If the court denies a certificate, the parties may not appeal the denial but may seek a
certificate from the court of appeals under Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 22." Rule 11(a)
to the Rules Governing Section 2254 Proceedings.
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