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Taylor v. Evans

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


August 31, 2009

ANTHONY TAYLOR, PETITIONER,
v.
C. EVANS, WARDEN, RESPONDENT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: John A. Mendez U. S. District Court Judge

ORDER

Petitioner, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, has timely filed a notice of appeal*fn1 of this court's July 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)).*fn2

Petitioner has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right in the following issues presented in the instant petition: 1) whether the trial court relied on a prior narcotics conviction petitioner did not sustain as a strike in sentencing petitioner in violation of petitioner's right to due process; 2) whether respondent's motion to strike petitioner's ineffective assistance of appellate counsel claim regarding juror bias as unexhausted should have been granted; 3) whether petitioner's straight juror bias claim raised in the second amended petition was entitled to equitable tolling.

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


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