Vaughns v. The State
ORDER adopting 7 Report and Recommendations, denying as moot 6 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis, and dismissing this petition filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 without prejudice for failure to exhaust. The Court denies a COA in this case, and closes this civil action. Signed by Chief Judge J. Randal Hall on 03/07/2018. (thb)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
JOHNNY L. VAUGHNS,
After a careful, de novo review of the file, the Court concurs with the Magistrate
Judge's Report and Recommendation, to which no objections have been filed. Accordingly,
the Court ADOPTS the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge as its opinion.
Therefore, the Court DENIES AS MOOT the motion to proceed in forma pauperis,(doc.
no. 6), and DISMISSES this petition filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 without prejudice
for failure to exhaust.
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.' 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.
SO ORDERED this
day of March 2018, at Augusta, Georgia.
J. R/^DAL HALL,C^lEF JUDGE^
united]STATES DISTRICT COURT
)UTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
'"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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