Josiah v. Rodrigues
Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV: ORDER entered on Certificate of Appealability. (Zaleski, Christine)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS
Civil Action No.
ORDER ON CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY
On April 27, 2017, this Court issued an order dismissing Sahr Josiah’s petition for a writ
of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254.
To appeal the final order in a proceeding instituted under 28 U.S.C. § 2254, the petitioner
must first obtain a Certificate of Appealability (“COA”) from a circuit justice or a district court.
See 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c). A COA will issue only if the petitioner “has made a substantial
showing of the denial of a constitutional right.” Id. at § 2253(c)(2). That standard is satisfied by
“demonstrating that jurists of reason could disagree with the district court’s resolution of
[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) (citing Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000)).
That standard has not been satisfied here. See Miller-El, 537 U.S. at 337. Indeed, no
reasonable jurist could conclude that this Court erred when it dismissed Josiah’s section 2254
motion as a so-called mixed-petition. See Slack, 529 U.S. at 484 (“Where a plain procedural bar
is present and the district court is correct to invoke it to dispose of the case, a reasonable jurist
could not conclude either that the district court erred in dismissing the petition or that the
petitioner should be allowed to proceed further.”). Therefore, the COA should not issue.
In accordance with the foregoing, a certificate of appealability is DENIED.
/s/ F. Dennis Saylor
F. Dennis Saylor IV
United States District Judge
Dated: May 8, 2017
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