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17-2710 - REESE v. ZETECKY


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17-2710 - REESE v. ZETECKY
March 26, 2018
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ORDER DENYING PETITION FORWRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS - Petitioner George A. Reese is serving a 70-year sentence for his 2012 Harrison County, Indiana conviction for child molestation. He brings this petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. For the reasons that follow, Mr. Reese's petition for a writ of habeas corpus is denied and the action dismissed with prejudice. In addition, the Court finds that a certificate of appealability should not issue. This Court has carefully reviewed the state record in light of Mr. Reese's claims and has given such consideration to those claims as the limited scope of its review in a habeas corpus proceeding permits. Having applied the appropriate standard of review, and having considered the pleadings and the record, Mr. Reese's petition for writ of habeas corpus must be denied. Judgment consistent with this Entry shall now issue. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 22(b), Rule 11(a) of the Rules Governing § 2254 proceedings, and 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c), the Court finds that the petitioner has failed to show (1) that reasonable jurists would find this court's "assessment of the constitutional claims debatable or wrong," or (2) that reasonable jurists would find "it debatable whether the petition states a valid claim of the denial of a constitutional right" and "whether [this court] was correct in its procedural ruling." Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000). The Court therefore denies a certificate of appealability. (SEE ORDER). Signed by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on 3/26/2018.(APD)