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Farris v. Ryan

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


April 24, 2009

DARRYL WAYNE FARRIS, PETITIONER,
v.
STUART RYAN, RESPONDENT.

ORDER

Petitioner, a state prisoner proceeding through counsel, has timely filed a notice of appeal of this court's March 27, 2009 denial of his application for a writ of habeas corpus. Before petitioner can appeal this decision, a certificate of appealability must issue. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c); Fed. R. App. P. 22(b).

A certificate of appealability may issue under 28 U.S.C. § 2253 "only if the applicant has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right." 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). The certificate of appealability must "indicate which specific issue or issues satisfy" the requirement. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(3).

A certificate of appealability should be granted for any issue that petitioner can demonstrate is "'debatable among jurists of reason,'" could be resolved differently by a different court, or is "'adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed further.'" Jennings v. Woodford, 290 F.3d 1006, 1010 (9th Cir. 2002) (quoting Barefoot v. Estelle, 463 U.S. 880, 893 (1983)).*fn1

Petitioner has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right in the following issue presented in the instant petition: whether he was denied the right to confront the witnesses against him when, pursuant to California's "Rape Shield Law," the trial court excluded evidence that one of the victims, and possibly all of them, were prostitutes.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that a certificate of appealability is issued in the present action.


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