IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
January 6, 2010
JAMES COVERT, JR., PETITIONER,
JAMES YATES, ET AL., RESPONDENTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gregory G. Hollows U.S. Magistrate Judge
Petitioner, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, has timely filed a notice of appeal of this court's November 18, 2009, dismissal 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 court must either issue a certificate of appealability indicating which issues satisfy the required showing or must state the reasons why such a certificate should not issue. Fed. R. App. P. 22(b).
For the reasons set forth in the November 18, 2009, order, petitioner has not made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. Accordingly, a certificate of appealability should not issue in this action. Petitioner's motion for a certificate of appealability (no. 17) is denied.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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