Ward v. Lafler
ORDER Granting Certificate of Appealability - Signed by District Judge David M. Lawson. (DTof)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
GARY DONNELL WARD,
Case Number 08-12788
Honorable David M. Lawson
BLAINE C. LAFLER,
ORDER GRANTING CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY
The petitioner filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus on June 30, 2008. On September
30, 2011, the Court entered an opinion and order denying the petition, determining the petitioner was
not denied his right to counsel or to the effective assistance of counsel. On this basis, the Court
entered judgment against the petitioner.
Pursuant to Rule 11 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Proceedings, which was amended
as of December 1, 2009:
The district court must issue or deny a certificate of appealability when it enters a
final order adverse to the applicant. . . . If the court issues a certificate, the court must
state the specific issue or issues that satisfy the showing required by 28 U.S.C. §
2253(c)(2). If the court denies a certificate, a party may not appeal the denial but
may seek a certificate from the court of appeals under Federal Rule of Appellate
Rule 11, Rules Governing Section 2254 Proceedings.
A certificate of appealability may issue “only if the applicant has made a substantial showing
of the denial of a constitutional right.” 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). Courts must either issue a certificate
of appealability indicating which issues satisfy the required showing or provide reasons why such
a certificate should not issue. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(3); Fed. R. App. P. 22(b); In re Certificates of
Appealability, 106 F.3d 1306, 1307 (6th Cir. 1997). To receive a certificate of appealability, “a
petitioner must show that reasonable jurists could debate whether (or, for that matter, agree that) the
petition should have been resolved in a different manner or that the issues presented were adequate
to deserve encouragement to proceed further.” Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 336 (2003)
(internal quotes and citations omitted).
Concerning the issue of denial of the right to the effective assistance of counsel, the Court
finds that reasonable jurists could debate whether the petitioner’s trial counsel “made errors so
serious that counsel was not functioning as the ‘counsel’ guaranteed the defendant by the Sixth
Amendment”and whether “counsel’s errors were so serious as to deprive the defendant of a fair
trial.” See Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S., 668, 687 (1984). Therefore, the Court will grant a
certificate of appealability on this issue.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED that a certificate of appealability is GRANTED on the
petitioner’s claim that he was denied the effective assistance of counsel.
s/David M. Lawson
DAVID M. LAWSON
United States District Judge
Dated: October 3, 2011
PROOF OF SERVICE
The undersigned certifies that a copy of the foregoing order was served
upon each attorney or party of record herein by electronic means or first
class U.S. mail on October 3, 2011.
s/Deborah R. Tofil
DEBORAH R. TOFIL
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