(HC) Terrance Hullaby v. Feiffer, No. 1:2021cv00569 - Document 8 (E.D. Cal. 2021)

Court Description: ORDER ADOPTING 7 Findings and Recommendations, DISMISSING Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, DIRECTING Clerk of Court to Assign District Judge and CLOSE CASE, and DECLINING TO ISSUE CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY signed by District Judge Dale A. Drozd on 7/15/2021. CASE CLOSED. (Sant Agata, S)
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 TERRANCE HULLABY, 12 13 14 15 No. 1:21-cv-00569-NONE-JLT (HC) Petitioner, ORDER ADOPTING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS, DISMISSING PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS, DIRECTING CLERK OF COURT TO ASSIGN DISTRICT JUDGE AND CLOSE CASE, AND DECLINING TO ISSUE CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY v. CHRISTIAN FEIFFER, Warden, Respondent. 16 (Doc. No. 7) 17 18 19 20 Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding in propria persona with a petition for writ of 21 habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. On May 25, 2021, the assigned magistrate judge 22 issued findings and recommendations recommending that the pending petition be dismissed for 23 failure to comply with a court order and failure to prosecute. (Doc. No. 7.) These findings and 24 recommendations were served upon all parties and contained notice that any objections thereto 25 were to be filed within ten (10) days from the date of service of that order. To date, no party has 26 filed objections, and the time to do so has passed. 27 28 In accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C), the court has conducted a de novo review of the case. Having carefully reviewed the entire file, the court concludes that the 1 1 magistrate judge’s findings and recommendations are supported by the record and proper 2 analysis. Petitioner was given thirty (30) days to file a first amended petition. (Doc. No. 4 3 (finding that the allegations of the pending petition, on their face, demonstrated petitioner’s 4 failure to exhaust his claims by first presenting them to the state’s highest court).) To date, 5 petitioner has not filed an amended petition, nor has he communicated with the court in any way. 6 In addition, the court declines to issue a certificate of appealability. A state prisoner 7 seeking a writ of habeas corpus has no absolute entitlement to appeal a district court’s denial of 8 his petition, and an appeal is only allowed in certain circumstances. 28 U.S.C. § 2253; Miller-El 9 v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 335–36 (2003). If a court denies a petitioner’s petition, the court may 10 only issue a certificate of appealability when a petitioner makes a substantial showing of the 11 denial of a constitutional right. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). To make a substantial showing, the 12 petitioner must establish that “reasonable jurists could debate whether (or, for that matter, agree 13 that) the petition should have been resolved in a different manner or that the issues presented 14 were ‘adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed further.’” Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 15 484 (2000) (quoting Barefoot v. Estelle, 463 U.S. 880, 893 (1983)). 16 In the present case, the court finds that petitioner has not made the required substantial 17 showing of the denial of a constitutional right to justify the issuance of a certificate of 18 appealability. Reasonable jurists would not find the court’s determination that petitioner is not 19 entitled to federal habeas corpus relief debatable, wrong, or deserving of encouragement to 20 proceed further. Thus, the court DECLINES to issue a certificate of appealability. 21 Accordingly, the court orders as follows: 22 1. 23 The findings and recommendations, filed May 25, 2021, (Doc. No. 7), are ADOPTED IN FULL; 24 2. 25 ///// 26 ///// 27 ///// 28 ///// The petition for writ of habeas corpus is DISMISSED; 2 1 3. 2 3 4 5 6 The clerk of court is DIRECTED to assign a district judge to this case for the purpose of closing the case and then to close the case; and 4. The court DECLINES to issue a certificate of appealability. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: July 15, 2021 UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3