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Ramsey v. Fulwood

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA


August 28, 2009

JAMES RAMSEY, PETITIONER,
v.
ISAAC FULWOOD JR., CHAIRMAN, UNITED STATES PAROLE COMMISSION, RESPONDENT.*FN1

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Paul L. Friedman United States District Judge

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

This matter is before the Court to determine whether a certificate of appealability is warranted.*fn2 In a habeas corpus proceeding brought under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 the applicant cannot take an appeal unless a circuit or a district judge first issues a certificate of appealability under 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c). See FED. R. APP. P. 22(b)(1). A certificate of appealability may issue "only if the applicant has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right." 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). To make such a showing, "'[t]he petitioner need not show that he should prevail on the merits. . . . Rather, he must demonstrate that the issues are debatable among jurists of reason; that a court could resolve the issues [in a different manner]; or that the questions are adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed further.'" United States v. Mitchell, 216 F.3d 1126, 1130 (D.C. Cir. 2000) (quoting Barefoot v. Estelle, 463 U.S. 880, 893 (1983)).

The Court concludes that petitioner has not made a substantial showing that a constitutional right was denied to him. As illustrated by the Court's Memorandum Opinion denying petitioner's motion, there were no thorny issues of law or disputed facts to be resolved for or against petitioner. Application of the agreed upon facts to clearly established law showed the following: Respondent did not violate petitioner's due process rights by issuing a parole violator warrant after the full term of petitioner's sentence because the warrant and its supplement were issued while petitioner was still on parole; respondent did not unconstitutionally delay executing the parole violator warrant, when it was not executed until the expiration of petitioner's state sentence because due process does not require that a parole violator warrant be executed until after the expiration of the new (state) sentence, see Moody v. Daggett 429 U.S. 78, 89 (1976); petitioner received a timely parole revocation hearing under 28 C.F.R. § 2.102(f) because the revocation hearing occurred within ninety days of the Parole Commission retaking petitioner into custody; and petitioner provided no basis for his allegations that the warrant and the revocation decision were based upon false information. None of petitioner's claims make a substantial showing of a denial of a constitutional right. See 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2).

Because petitioner's habeas corpus petition does not present a substantial constitutional issue, the Court concludes that a certificate of appealability under 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2) is not warranted in this case. The Court therefore declines to issue one. The Court therefore need not reach the question of whether petitioner should be permitted to proceed in forma pauperis. The Clerk of this Court is directed promptly to notify the Clerk of the court of appeals of this Memorandum Opinion and Order and to provide a copy to him.


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