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United States v. Shirley

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION


July 18, 2008

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF/RESPONDENT,
v.
FREDERICK L. SHIRLEY, DEFENDANTS/MOVANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Ronald M. Whyte United States District Judge

ORDER GRANTING CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY

On May 23, 2008, this court issued a decision denying the §2255 motions filed by Frederick Shirley and Cliffina Johnson in these consolidated cases. Movant has filed a timely Notice of Appeal and a request for a Certificate of Appealability (COA). Movant is required to obtain a COA by the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 ("AEDPA"), in order to appeal the denial of his §2255 motion. Under AEDPA, the movant must make a "substantial showing of the denial of constitutional right." The certificate must issue as to each issue that meets this threshold inquiry. Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 483 (2000). To do so, the movant "must demonstrate that the issues are debatable among jurists of reason; that a court could resolve the issues [in a different manner]; or that the questions are adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed further." Barefoot v. Estelle, 463 U.S. 880, 893 n. 4 (1983); see also Lambright v. Stewart, 220 F.3d 1022, 1025 (9th Cir. 2000).

In light of the findings of this court, both the claims to be asserted by movant on appeal are subject to debate among jurists of reason. Therefore, a COA shall issue as to (1) whether the undisclosed impeachment information about Clarence Walker's alleged criminal activities and falsehoods was material; and (2) whether the earlier knowledge of Clarence Walker of his own criminal conduct was attributed to the government for purposes of the Brady and Napue claims.

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