|JOSEPH L. WILLIAMS,|
|JAMES E. ABBOTT; THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF COLORADO,|
In response, Petitioner submitted excerpts of state court orders and briefs indicating Petitioner filed two post-conviction proceedings in state court, the first having been filed even before Petitioner's direct appeal was concluded. The district court, after thoroughly analyzing the tolling of the one-year limitations period under 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)(2) in light of these documents, nevertheless determined that Petitioner's action was time-barred. Given the district court's cogent analysis, we see no reason to repeat that effort here.
Petitioner must obtain a certificate of appealability in order to challenge the district court's denial of his habeas petition. See Montez v. McKinna, 208 F.3d 862, 867 (10th Cir. 2000). 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) (2000). 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).
After carefully reviewing the district court's comprehensive and well-reasoned disposition, the record on appeal, and Petitioner's filings, we find nothing that meets our standard for the grant of a certificate of appealability. For substantially the reasons set forth by the district court, we DENY Petitioner's request for a certificate of appealability and DISMISS the appeal. We do, however, GRANT Petitioner's motion to proceed in forma pauperis.
Entered for the Court
Monroe G. McKay
*. This order is not binding precedent, except under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, and collateral estoppel. It may be cited, however, for its persuasive value consistent with Fed. R. App. P. 32.1 and 10th Cir. R. 32.1.