Mason v. Director, TDCJ-CID

Filing 13

Order Accepting #8 , #11 Findings and Recommendations and Denying Certificate of Appealability. (Ordered by Judge Ada Brown on 11/14/2023) (axm) Modified text on 11/14/2023 (axm).

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS DALLAS DIVISION DEONDRAY RAYMOND MASON, TDCJ No. 2198087, Petitioner, V. DIRECTOR, TDCJ-CID, Respondent. § § § § § § § § § § No. 3:23-cv-2102-E ORDER ACCEPTING FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE AND DENYING A CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY The United States Magistrate Judge made findings, conclusions, and a recommendation in this case (the FCR). After Petitioner moved to amend his habeas application, the Magistrate Judge supplemented the FCR. Objections were filed. The District Court reviewed de novo those portions of the FCR as supplemented to which objection was made and reviewed the remaining portions for plain error. Finding no error. Finding none, the Court ACCEPTS the Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendation of the United States Magistrate Judge and the Supplemental 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 FCR as supplemented in support of its 1 finding that Petitioner has failed to show that reasonable jurists would find “it debatable whether the petition states a valid claim of the denial of a constitutional right” or “debatable whether [this Court] was correct in its procedural ruling.” Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000). 1 But, if Petitioner elects to file a notice of appeal, Petitioner is GRANTED leave to appeal in forma pauperis. SO ORDERED: November 14, 2023. Rule 11 of the Rules Governing §§ 2254 and 2255 Cases, as amended effective on December 1, 2009, reads as follows: 1 (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. 2

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