Shafer v. USA
Order Adopting 9 Findings, Conclusions and Recommendation of the United Magistrate Judge and Denying Certificate of Appealability. (Ordered by Judge Sidney A Fitzwater on 4/24/2017) (ykp)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
NATHAN TODD SHAFER,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
CIVIL NO. 3:15-CV-1716-D
(Criminal No. 3:09-CR-249-D-5)
After making an independent review of the pleadings, files, and records in this case, and the
findings, conclusions, and recommendation of the magistrate judge, the court concludes that the
findings and conclusions are correct.* It is therefore ordered that the findings, conclusions, and
recommendation of the magistrate judge are adopted, and the motion to vacate set aside or correct
sentence under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 is denied.
Considering the record in this case and pursuant to Fed. R. App. P. 22(b), Rule 11(a) of the
Rules Governing §§ 2254 and 2255 proceedings, and 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c), the court denies a
certificate of appealability. The court adopts and incorporates by reference the magistrate judge’s
findings, conclusions, and recommendation filed in this case in support of its finding that the
petitioner has failed to show (1) that reasonable jurists would find this court’s “assessment of the
constitutional claims debatable or wrong,” or (2) that reasonable jurists would find “it debatable
whether the petition states a valid claim of the denial of a constitutional right” and “debatable
whether [this court] was correct in its procedural ruling.” Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S.473, 484
The findings, conclusions, and recommendation of the magistrate judge can be read to
suggest that all four defendants who went to trial were convicted. Only Shafer and one other
defendant who went to trial were convicted; the other two were acquitted.
If petitioner files a notice of appeal,
petitioner may proceed in forma pauperis on appeal.
petitioner must pay the $505.00 appellate filing fee or submit a motion to proceed in
April 24, 2017.
SIDNEY A. FITZWATER
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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