United States District Court, E.D. Missouri, Eastern Division
September 12, 2014
LONNELL JOHNSON, Petitioner,
TROY STEELE, Respondent.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
STEPHEN N. LIMBAUGH, Jr., District Judge.
This matter is before me on the petition for writ of habeas corpus filed by Petitioner Lonnell Johnson. I referred this matter to United States Magistrate Judge Noelle C. Collins, for a report and recommendation on all dispositive matters pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b). On August 25, 2014, Judge Collins filed her recommendation that Johnson's habeas petition should be dismissed.
Objections to Judge Collins' Report and Recommendation were filed on September 5, 2014. After careful consideration, I will adopt and sustain the thorough reasoning of Judge Collins and deny Johnson's habeas petition for the reasons stated in the Report and Recommendation dated August 25, 2014.
I have also considered whether to issue a certificate of appealability. To grant a certificate of appealability, the Court must find a substantial showing of the denial of a federal constitutional right. See Tiedeman v. Benson, 122 F.3d 518, 522 (8th Cir. 1997). A substantial showing is a showing that issues are debatable among reasonable jurists, a Court could resolve the issues differently, or the issues deserve further proceedings. Cox v. Norris, 133 F.3d 565, 569 (8th Cir. 1997) (citing Flieger v. Delo, 16 F.3d 878, 882-83 (8th Cir. 1994)). Because Johnson has not made such a showing in this case, I will not issue a certificate of appealability.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Judge Collins' Report and Recommendation, #22, filed August 25, 2014 is adopted and sustained in its entirety.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Petitioner's Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, #1, is DENIED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Court will not issue a certificate of appealability. A separate Judgment in accordance with this Memorandum and Order is entered this same date.