(HC) Harris v. Perry, No. 2:2021cv01854 - Document 19 (E.D. Cal. 2022)

Court Description: ORDER signed by District Judge Dale A. Drozd on 11/17/2022 ADOPTING the 13 Findings and Recommendations in full. The 1 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus is DISMISSED and the court DECLINES to issue a Certificate of Appealability. CASE CLOSED. (Spichka, K.)
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1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 MARK A. HARRIS, 10 Petitioner, 11 12 No. 2:21-cv-01854-DAD-AC (HC) v. SUZANNE M. PEERY, 13 Respondent. ORDER ADOPTING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS AND DISMISSING HABEAS PETITION (Doc. No. 13) 14 Petitioner Mark A. Harris is a state prisoner proceeding pro se with a petition for writ of 15 16 habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. The matter was referred to a United States 17 Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Rule 302. On June 30, 2022, the assigned magistrate judge issued findings and recommendations 18 19 recommending that petitioner’s federal habeas petition be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction 20 because “[t]he petition challenges a 2020 prison disciplinary finding” that “does not fall within 21 the core of habeas corpus.” (Doc. No. 13 at 5.) The pending findings and recommendations were 22 served upon petitioner and contained notice that any objections thereto were to be filed within 23 fourteen (14) days after service. (Id.) Although petitioner requested and received two 30-day 24 extensions of time in which to file objections to the pending findings and recommendations (Doc. 25 Nos. 14, 15, 16, 18), to date, petitioner has not filed any objections and the time in which to do so 26 has passed. 1 27 28 1 This case was reassigned to the undersigned district judge on August 25, 2022. (Doc. No. 17.) 1 1 In accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C), the court has conducted a 2 de novo review of the case. Having carefully reviewed the entire file, the court concludes that the 3 pending findings and recommendations are supported by the record and proper analysis. 4 Having concluded that the pending petition must be dismissed, the court also declines to 5 issue a certificate of appealability. A petitioner seeking writ of habeas corpus has no absolute 6 right to appeal; he may appeal only in limited circumstances. See 28 U.S.C. § 2253; Miller-El v. 7 Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 335-36 (2003). If a court denies a petitioner’s petition, the court may 8 only issue a certificate of appealability when a petitioner makes a substantial showing of the 9 denial of a constitutional right. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). Where, as here, the court denies habeas 10 relief on procedural grounds without reaching the underlying constitutional claims, the court 11 should issue a certificate of appealability “if jurists of reason would find it debatable whether the 12 petition states a valid claim of the denial of a constitutional right and that jurists of reason would 13 find it debatable whether the district court was correct in its procedural ruling.” Slack v. 14 McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000). In the present case, the court finds that reasonable jurists 15 would not find the court’s determination that the pending petition must be dismissed to be 16 debatable or wrong. Thus, the court declines to issue a certificate of appealability. 17 Accordingly, 18 1. 19 The findings and recommendations issued on June 30, 2022 (Doc. No. 13) are adopted in full; 20 2. The petition for writ of habeas corpus (Doc. No. 1) is dismissed; 21 3. The court declines to issue a certificate of appealability; and 22 4. The Clerk of the Court is directed to close this case. 23 IT IS SO ORDERED. 24 Dated: November 17, 2022 UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 25 26 27 28 2
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