UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
January 20, 2010
MELVIN KEITH RICHARDSON, PETITIONER,
JOSEPH PIAZZA, ET AL., RESPONDENTS.
AND NOW, this 20th day of January, 2010, upon consideration of petitioner's Amended Habeas Corpus Petition (Docket No. 15), respondents' Answer (Docket No. 24), petitioner's Reply (Docket No. 25), the Report and Recommendation of United States Magistrate Judge Linda K. Caracappa (Docket No. 26), petitioner's Objections to Report and Recommendation (Docket No. 27), petitioner's Petition for Review and Reconsideration (Docket No. 30), and the record herein, and for the reasons provided in the accompanying opinion, it is hereby ORDERED that:
1. The Report and Recommendation is APPROVED AND ADOPTED IN MAJOR PART and NOT ADOPTED IN MINOR PART, as set forth in the accompanying opinion;
2. The petition for a writ of habeas corpus is DISMISSED;
3. A Certificate of Appealability is NOT GRANTED; and
4. The Petition for Review and Reconsideration is DENIED.
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