|LANCE CONWAY WOOD,
STATE OF UTAH,
Petitioner seeks to appeal the district court's denial of his petition for writ of habeas corpus, filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. To do so, he must obtain a certificate of appealability from this court. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)(A). We will issue a certificate of appealability only if petitioner "has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right." § 2253(c)(2).
In his pro se brief on appeal, petitioner complains of ineffective assistance of trial and appellate counsel. He also raises an "obstruction of justice" issue, alleging that actions or inactions by the parole department were the cause of his involvement in the crimes for which he was convicted. Even allowing for liberal construction, petitioner did not present these issues to the district court, and we will not consider them for the first time on appeal. See Rhine v. Boone, 182 F.3d 1153, 1154 (10th Cir. 1999), cert. denied, 528 U.S. 1084 (2000). Because he has not properly preserved any claims for appellate review, petitioner cannot make a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. We therefore DENY the application for a certificate of appealability and DISMISS the appeal.
Entered for the Court
Michael R. Murphy
*. This order and judgment is not binding precedent, except under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, and collateral estoppel. The court generally disfavors the citation of orders and judgments; nevertheless, an order and judgment may be cited under the terms and conditions of 10th Cir. R. 36.3.