JAMES MURL BULLOCK,
ERIC FRANKLIN, Warden,
In his petition for federal habeas corpus, he again raised ineffective assistance of counsel and lack of probable cause (properly characterized as a claim of actual innocence). The magistrate judge recommended denial of the petition on the ground that it was procedurally defaulted. The district court adopted that recommendation. Petitioner filed a Notice of Intent to Appeal, which the district court construed as a request for a certificate of appealability and denied. Petitioner then requested a certificate of appealability from this court.
The magistrate judge's Report and Recommendation adequately and correctly sets forth the facts relating to state procedural default. We agree with the magistrate judge that Petitioner's attempt to show a miscarriage of justice by arguing actual innocence is without support in the record. His affidavit on this issue did not address the crime of which he was convicted or otherwise demonstrate actual innocence.
To obtain a certificate of appealability, Petitioner must make a "substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right." 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). In order to meet this burden, Petitioner must demonstrate "that reasonable jurists could debate whether (or, for that matter, agree that) the petition should have been resolved in a different manner or that the issues presented were adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed further." Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000) (quotation omitted).
We have carefully reviewed Petitioner's brief, the magistrate judge's Report and Recommendation, the district court's disposition, and the record on appeal. Nothing in the facts, the record on appeal, or Petitioner's filing raises an issue which meets our standard for the grant of a certificate of appealability. For substantially the reasons set forth in the magistrate judge's Report and Recommendation, we hold that no reasonable jurist would debate the correctness of the trial court's order dismissing the petition for habeas corpus.
Accordingly, we GRANT the petition to proceed in forma pauperis, DENY the request for a certificate of appealability, and DISMISS the appeal. Entered for the Court
Monroe G. McKay