IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
March 27, 2009
GREGORY GARRETT BROWN PETITIONER
R.M. LAWLER, ET AL, RESPONDENTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: District Judge McLaughlin
Magistrate Judge Baxter
The AEDPA codified standards governing the issuance of a certificate of appealability for appellate review of a district court's disposition of a habeas petition. 28 U.S.C. § 2253 provides that "[a] certificate of appealability may issue ... only if the applicant has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right." In Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 474 (2000), the Supreme Court stated that "[w]hen the district court denies a habeas petition on procedural grounds without reaching the prisoner's underlying constitutional claim, a [certificate of appealability] should issue when the prisoner shows, at least, that jurists of reason would find it debatable whether the petition states a valid claim of the denial of a constitutional right and that jurists of reason would find it debatable whether the district court was correct in its procedural ruling."
The instant action was dismissed as it is duplicative of Civil Action Number 08-312E. Accordingly, a certificate of appealability should be denied.
AND NOW, this 27th day of March, 2009;
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that a certificate of appealability is DENIED.
Sean J. McLaughlin United States District Judge
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