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Theus-Williams v. Lizarraga

United States District Court, C.D. California

February 18, 2015

TONY THEUS-WILLIAMS, Petitioner,
v.
J. LIZARRAGA, Respondent.

ORDER ACCEPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE AND DENYING CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY

PHILIP S. GUTIERREZ, District Judge.

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636, the Court has reviewed the Petition, the Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation, Petitioner's Objections to the Report and Recommendation, and the remaining record, and has made a de novo determination.

Petitioner's Objections generally reiterate arguments made in the Petition, and lack merit for the reasons set forth in the Report and Recommendation.

There is one issue, however, that warrants brief discussion here.

In his Objections, Petitioner contends he has made a credible claim of "actual innocence" sufficient to overcome AEDPA's limitation period. See McQuiggin v. Perkins, 133 S.Ct. 1924, 1928 (2013). As a rule, a habeas petitioner claiming "actual innocence" must "support his allegations of constitutional error with new reliable evidence... that was not presented at trial." Schlup v. Delo, 513 U.S. 298, 324 (1995). Here, Petitioner speculates that DNA evidence - had it been collected and tested - and fingerprint evidence - had it been presented at trial - would have established Petitioner's innocence. (Pet. at 2, 4.) However, Petitioner fails to actually present any new evidence. ( See id. ) Thus, Petitioner fails to assert a credible claim of "actual innocence." See Ramirez v. Cates, 2013 WL 3121884, at *9 (C.D. Cal. June 14, 2013) ("[N]otwithstanding petitioner's speculation that DNA testing would prove him innocent, petitioner has submitted no new, reliable evidence to cast doubt on his conviction [so as] to permit the Court to consider his time-barred claims.").

Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED THAT:

1. The Report and Recommendation is approved and accepted;

2. Judgment be entered denying the Petition and dismissing this action with prejudice; and

3. The Clerk serve copies of this Order on the parties.

Additionally, for the reasons set forth above and in the Report and Recommendation, the Court finds that Petitioner has not made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. See 28 U.S.C. § 2253; Fed. R. App. P. 22(b); Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 336 (2003). Thus, the Court declines to issue a certificate of appealability.[1]


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