United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
December 2, 2014
N. BURL CAIN
ORDER AND REASONS
SARAH S. VANCE, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Before the Court is Daniel Moore's petition for federal habeas corpus relief pursuant to Title 28, United States Code, Section 2254. The Magistrate Judge has recommended that Moore's petition be dismissed with prejudice. The Court, having reviewed de novo the petition, the record, the applicable law, the Magistrate's Report and Recommendation ("R&R"), and the petitioner's objections thereto, hereby approves the R&R and adopts it as its opinion.
In his objections, Moore does not challenge the precedent cited by the Magistrate Judge or raise any new arguments disputing the Magistrate Judge's analysis. Instead, he simply reiterates allegations set forth in his petition and in his reply memorandum.
The Magistrate Judge adequately addressed each of these allegations, and the Court need not reiterate his analysis.
Rule 11(a) of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Proceedings provides that "[t]he district court must issue or deny a certificate of appealability when it enters a final order adverse to the applicant." A court may only issue a certificate of appealability if the petitioner makes "a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right." 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). The "controlling standard" for a certificate of appealability requires the petitioner to show "that reasonable jurists could debate whether (or, for that matter, agree that) the petition should have been resolved in a different manner or that the issues presented [are] adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed further." Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 336 (2003) (quoting Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000)) (quotation marks removed).
The Court concludes that Moore's petition fails to satisfy this standard because it is clearly without merit and would not engender debate among reasonable jurists. Accordingly, the Court will not issue a certificate of appealability.
For the foregoing reasons, the Court DENIES Moore's petition for habeas corpus and DENIES a certificate of appealability.