File No. 1:07-CV-114.
April 11, 2008
The Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation was filed March 13, 2008. (Paper 13). After de novo review and absent objection, the Report and Recommendation is AFFIRMED, APPROVED and ADOPTED. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
Petitioner's habeas petition filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 (Paper 1) is hereby DISMISSED without prejudice for failure to exhaust state court remedies. Further, Alexander's petition for a writ of certiorari (Paper 6) is DENIED without prejudice due to improper filing.
Pursuant to Fed.R.App.P. 22(b), the Court DENIES petitioner a certificate of appealability ("COA") because the petitioner failed to make a substantial showing of a denial of a constitutional right. See 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). In addition, because the petition has been dismissed on procedural grounds, the petitioner cannot be issued a COA due to his failure to demonstrate 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." See Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 120 S. Ct. 1595, 1604, 146 L. Ed. 2d 542 (2000).
It is further certified that any appeal taken in forma pauperis from this Order would not be taken in good faith because such an appeal would be frivolous. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).