Newman v. Turner
OPINION AND ORDER Dismissing Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus And Denying A Certificate of Appealability Signed by District Judge Victoria A. Roberts. (CPin)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
JAMES SCOTT NEWMAN,
CASE NO. 2:17-CV-11055
HONORABLE VICTORIA A. ROBERTS
OPINION AND ORDER DISMISSING THE PETITION FOR A WRIT OF
HABEAS CORPUS AND DENYING A CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY
The Court has before it Petitioner James Scott Newman’s pro se Petition for a Writ of Habeas
Corpus filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Petitioner did not pay the required filing fee when he
instituted this action, nor did he submit an Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis. See 28 U.S.C.
§ 1914(a); 28 U.S.C. § 1915; Rule 3 of the Rules Governing § 2254 Cases. The Court, therefore,
issued an Order to Correct Deficiency on April 5, 2017 requiring Petitioner to either pay the filing
fee or submit a properly completed in forma pauperis request. The Order provided that if he did not
do so within 21 days (April 26, 2017), his case would be dismissed. The time for submitting the
filing fee or required information has elapsed and Petitioner has failed to correct the deficiency.
Accordingly, the Court DISMISSES WITHOUT PREJUDICE the Petition for a Writ of Habeas
Corpus. The Court makes no determination as to the merits of this case.
Before Petitioner may appeal this decision, a Certificate of Appealability (“COA”) must
issue. See 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)(a); Fed. R. App. P. 22(b). A COA 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). When a court denies relief on procedural grounds without addressing the merits of a
habeas petition, a COA should issue if it is shown that jurists of reason would find it debatable
whether the petitioner states a valid claim of the denial of a constitutional right and that jurists of
reason would find it debatable whether the district court was correct in its procedural ruling. Slack
v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484-85 (2000). Reasonable jurists could not debate the correctness of
the Court’s procedural ruling. Accordingly, the Court DENIES a COA. This case is CLOSED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
S/Victoria A. Roberts
VICTORIA A. ROBERTS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: May 17, 2017
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