Pouncy v. Palmer
ORDER Denying Certificate of Appealability. Signed by District Judge Matthew F. Leitman. (HMon)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
OMAR RASHAD POUNCY,
Case No. 13-cv-14695
Hon. Matthew F. Leitman
CARMEN D. PALMER,
ORDER DENYING CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY
By order dated September 11, 2017 (ECF #147), this Court denied Petitioner
Omar Rashad Pouncy’s FRCP 60(b) Motion (ECF #139). In the motion, Pouncy
asked this Court, among other things, to issue a certificate of appealability in the
event that it denied relief. The Court inadvertently failed to address that request in
its prior order and does so now.
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio recently set
forth the law concerning certificates of appealability in the context of a Rule 60(b)
motion by a habeas petitioner:
A certificate of appealability is also a prerequisite for a habeas
petitioner's appeal of the denial of a Rule 60(b) motion. United States
v. Hardin, 481 F.3d 924, 926 (6th Cir. 2007).
A certificate of appealability shall issue “if the applicant has made a
substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right.” 28 U.S.C. §
2253(c)(2). If the district court denied the habeas petition on the merits,
then the applicant must show that “reasonable jurists could debate
whether” it “should have been resolved in a different manner or that the
issues presented were adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed
further.” Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000) (internal
quotation marks omitted). If the district court denied the petition on
procedural grounds without reaching the petitioner's underlying
constitutional claim, a certificate of appealability should issue when the
applicant shows that jurists of reason would find debatable (1) whether
the petition states a valid claim of the denial of a constitutional right
and (2) whether the district court was correct in its procedural ruling. Id.
West v. LaRose, 2017 WL 2226687 at **1-2 (N.D. Ohio 2017).
Applying these standards, the Court declines to grant a certificate of
appealability from its order dated September 11, 2017. As the Court attempted to
make clear in that order, the Court did not believe that there was any arguable basis
for the relief requested. In the motion denied by the Court, Pouncy did not make a
substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. Moreover, the Court
concludes that reasonable jurists could not debate whether the motion should have
been resolved in a different manner or that the issues presented deserve
encouragement to proceed further. Simply put, the Court sees no basis for an appeal
from its order.
Accordingly, the Court DENIES Pouncy’s request for a certificate of
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Matthew F. Leitman
MATTHEW F. LEITMAN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: September 13, 2017
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the
parties and/or counsel of record on September 13, 2017, by electronic means and/or
s/Holly A. Monda
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