IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
May 12, 2009
WARD ENNIS ARMSTRONG, PETITIONER,
RANDALL BRITTON, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: David Stewart Cercone United States District Judge
Magistrate Judge Lenihan
Judge David S. Cercone
AND NOW, this 12th day of May, 2009, after de novo review of the record and upon due consideration of  the magistrate judge's report and recommendation filed on October 23, 2009, and  petitioner's amended objections thereto, IT IS ORDERED that petitioner's objections are overruled, the Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus is dismissed and the concomitant request for a certificate of appealability is denied. The report and recommendation as augmented below is adopted as the opinion of the court.
Petitioner's objections are without merit. None of the grounds raised provide a legal basis for concluding that petitioner's conviction did not become final or became final on a date later than August 11, 2004. Similarly, petitioner has not identified and the record does not provide any basis for tolling the bar date beyond the calculations set forth in the report.
Consequently, the petition for writ of habeas corpus clearly is time barred and the above order is appropriate.
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