Watkins v. USA
Order Accepting 10 Findings and Recommendations and Denying Certificate of Appealability re: 8 Motion to Vacate under 28 U.S.C. 2255, filed by Brian Deshay Watkins. In the event Movant will file a notice of appeal, the court notes that the movant will proceed in forma pauperis on appeal. (Ordered by Chief Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn on 2/9/2018) (epm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
BRIAN DESHAY WATKINS,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
ORDER ACCEPTING FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATION
OF THE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE, AND
DENYING CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY
The United States Magistrate Judge made Findings, Conclusions and a Recommendation
in this case. Petitioner filed objections, and the District Court has made a de novo review of those
portions of the proposed Findings and Recommendation to which objection was made. The
objections are overruled, and the Court ACCEPTS the Findings, Conclusions and
Recommendation of the United States Magistrate Judge.
Considering the record in this case and pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure
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 (2000).1
In the event Movant will file a notice of appeal, the court notes that
the movant will proceed in forma pauperis on appeal.
the movant will need to pay the $505.00 appellate filing fee or submit a motion to proceed
in forma pauperis.
SO ORDERED this 9th day of February, 2018.
BARBARA M. G. LYNN
Rule 11 of the Rules Governing §§ 2254 and 2255 Cases, as amended effective on December 1,
2009, reads as follows:
(a) Certificate of Appealability. The district court must issue or deny a certificate of appealability
when it enters a final order adverse to the applicant. Before entering the final order, the court may
direct the parties to submit arguments on whether a certificate should issue. 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, the parties may not appeal the denial but may
seek a certificate from the court of appeals under Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 22. A
motion to reconsider a denial does not extend the time to appeal.
(b) Time to Appeal. Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4(a) governs the time to appeal an order
entered under these rules. A timely notice of appeal must be filed even if the district court issues a
certificate of appealability.
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