UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
October 16, 2007
ANDREW DUBOIS, PETITIONER,
SHELTON FREY, WARDEN, RESPONDENT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Michael M. Mihm United States District Judge
This matter is now before the Court on a Petition for a Certificate of Appealability by Petitioner, Andrew DuBois ("DuBois"), from the denial of his Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. For the reasons set forth below, the Court declines to issue a Certificate of Appealability.
As amended by the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, 28 U.S.C. § 2253 now requires a certificate of appealability in cases arising under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. A certificate may only issue if the applicant makes a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right, and any certificate issued must specify what claim(s) merit appellate review.
In considering whether a certificate of appealability should issue, the Court notes that in denying DuBois' § 2254 petition, the Court found that his petition was filed outside of the one-year period of limitations that governs filings under § 2254 and was fatally untimely.
Given that he has presented no claims that could be debatable among jurists of reason, DuBois has failed to make a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. Having found no issue in this proceeding which warrants appellate review, this Court cannot in good faith issue a certificate of appealability for his § 2254 Petition.
For the reasons set forth herein, the Court declines to issue a certificate of appealability, and DuBois's Petition for Issuance of a Certificate of Appealability [#22] is DENIED.
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