Mason v. Gonzalez
Order Accepting Findings and Recommendations and Denying Certificate of Appealability re: 6 Findings and Recommendations on Case re: 3 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus,, filed by Deondray Raymond Mason. (Ordered by Judge Sam A. Lindsay on 7/29/2022) (svc)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
DEONDRAY RAYMOND MASON,
Civil Action No. 3:22-CV-969-L-BH
On June 21, 2022, the Findings, Conclusions and Recommendation of the United States
Magistrate Judge (“Report”) (Doc. 6) was entered, recommending that the court dismiss without
prejudice, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b), this habeas action brought pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 for failure to comply with a court order, unless he files his § 2254 habeas
petition on the appropriate form and either pays the filing fee or files an application to proceed in
forma pauperis (“IFP”) within the time for objecting to the Report or by some other deadline set
by the court. As of the date of this order, Petitioner has yet to file his § 2254 habeas petition on
the appropriate form, and he has not paid the filing fee or moved to proceed IFP. In addition, no
objections to the Report have been received or docketed as of the date of this order. The deadlines
at issue have expired, and Petitioner has not sought an extension of any of the deadlines.
Having considered the file, record in this case, and Report, the court determines that the
findings and conclusions of the magistrate judge are correct, and accepts them as those of the
court. Accordingly, the court dismisses without prejudice this habeas action pursuant to Rule
41(b) as a result of Petitioner’s failure to comply with the magistrate judge’s order requiring him
to file an appropriate § 2254 habeas petition and pay the filing fee or an IFP motion. Further, as
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of the date of this order, the court has not received any objections to the Report from Petitioner or
a request for an extension, so it sees no reason to extend his deadline for complying with the
magistrate judge’s order.
Further, 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 determines that 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). In
support of this determination, the court accepts and incorporates by reference the Report filed
in this case. In the event that a notice of appeal is filed, Petitioner must pay the $505 appellate
filing fee or submit a motion to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal.
It is so ordered this 29th day of July, 2022.
Sam A. Lindsay
United States District Judge
Rule 11 of the Rules Governing §§ 2254 and 2255 Cases provides as follows:
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.
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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