Petitioner - Appellant,
Respondent - Appellee.
Charles Ashford, a state prisoner convicted of one count of sexual assault on a child, seeks a certificate of appealability (COA) to appeal the district court's denial of his habeas corpus petition. To obtain a COA, he must make "a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right." See 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2).
Ashford challenges several evidentiary rulings made by the state trial court. In light of the governing legal standard, this court has reviewed his request for a COA, his appellate brief, and the district court's order; it has also read the transcript from his trial. Based on that review, and for substantially the reasons stated by the district court in its Order of September 4, 2001, we are convinced Ashford's § 2254 petition is not deserving of further proceedings, debatable among jurists of reason, or subject to different resolution on appeal. His request for a COA is DENIED. This appeal is accordingly DISMISSED.
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 This order and judgment is not binding precedent, except under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, and collateral estoppel.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.