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Arthur Lee Harris v. Matthew Cate

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


July 29, 2011

ARTHUR LEE HARRIS, PETITIONER,
v.
MATTHEW CATE, RESPONDENT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Janis L.SammartinoUnited States District Judge

ORDER: (1) ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION; (2) DENYING PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS; AND (3) DENYING CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY (ECF No. 17)

Presently before the Court is Petitioner Arthur Lee Harris' first amended petition for writ of habeas corpus. (ECF No. 5.) Also before the Court is Magistrate Judge Jan M. Adler's report and recommendation advising the Court to deny Petitioner's petition. (R&R, ECF No.17.)

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 72(b) and 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) set forth a district court's duties in connection with a magistrate judge's report and recommendation. The district court must "make a de novo determination of those portions of the report to which objection is made," and "may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate judge." 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); see also United States v. Raddatz, 447 U.S. 667, 673--76 (1980); United States v. Remsing, 874 F.2d 614, 617 (9th Cir. 1989). However, in the absence of timely objection, the Court "need only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on the face of the record in order to accept the report and recommendation." Fed. R. Civ. P. 72 advisory committee's note (citing Campbell v. U.S. Dist. Court, 501 F.2d 196, 206 (9th Cir. 1974)); see also United States v. ReynaTapia, 328 F.3d 1114, 1121 (9th Cir. 2003)("[T]he district judge must review the magistrate judge's findings and recommendations de novo if objection is made, but not otherwise.").

Here, Petitioner failed to timely object to Magistrate Judge Adler's report and recommendation. (See R&R 15 (ordering parties to file objections "not later than July 5, 2011").) Having reviewed the report and recommendation, the Court finds that it is thorough, well reasoned, and contains no clear error. Accordingly, the Court (1) ADOPTS Magistrate Judge Adler's report and recommendation and (2) DENIES Petitioner's first amended petition for writ of habeas corpus.

This Court is under an obligation to determine whether a certificate of appealability should issue in this matter. A certificate of appealability is authorized "if the applicant has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right." 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). "A petitioner satisfies this standard by demonstrating that jurists of reason could disagree with the district court's resolution of his constitutional claims or that jurists could conclude the issues presented are adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed further." Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 327 (2003); see also Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000). The Court must either (1) grant the certificate of appealability indicating which issues satisfy the required showing or (2) state why a certificate should not issue. Fed. R. App. P. 22(b).

Petitioner requests relief from his conviction for one count of possessing cocaine base for sale, two admitted prior convictions, and one prior strike conviction. The Court finds that reasonable jurists would agree with this Court's resolution of Petitioner's constitutional claims. Petitioner has already exercised his opportunity to litigate the alleged Fourth Amendment violations, and, therefore, he is precluded from raising the issue for habeas relief. See Stone v. Powell, 428 U.S. 465, 494 (1976). Additionally, reasonable jurists would agree that Petitioner failed to establish prejudice arising from ineffective assistance of counsel, which forecloses relief under AEDPA. Premo v. Moore, - U.S. -, 131 S. Ct. 733, 745 (2011). Accordingly, the Court DENIES a certificate of appealability.

This Order concludes the litigation in this matter. The Clerk shall close the file. IT IS SO ORDERED.

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