IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
May 26, 2010
LAFAYETTE COLLINS, PETITIONER,
M.C. KRAMER, ET AL., RESPONDENT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Morrison C. England, Jr. United States District Judge
On November 12, 2009, this court denied petitioner's application for writ of habeas corpus brought pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 2254. At issue was the execution of petitioner's sentence for a 1984 first degree murder conviction in the Napa County Superior Court and, specifically, a 2005 determination that he was not suitable for parole. Petitioner has properly appealed this court's judgment to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
On May 13, 2010, the case was remanded to this court for the limited purpose of granting or denying a certificate of appealability pursuant to the Ninth Circuit's recent holding in Hayward v. Marshall, No. 06-55392, slip op. at 5 (9th Cir. April 22, 2010) (en banc) (overruling portions of earlier decisions which relieved a prisoner from obtaining a certificate of appealability to review the denial of a habeas corpus petition challenging an administrative decision to deny parole).
A certificate of appealability may issue under 28 U.S.C. § 2253 "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
In this case, petitioner has failed to make a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that a certificate of appealability shall not issue in the present action.