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Jurisdiction: Texas Northern District Court
Decision Date: 4/2/2013

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fulks v. Thaler Fulks v. Thaler (N.D. Tex., 2013)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MARVIN LEWIS FULKS, 649145, Petitioner,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        v.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        RICK THALER, Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Respondent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Civil Action No. 3: 11-CV-476-L

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS DALLAS DIVISION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dated: April 2, 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MARVIN LEWIS FULKS, 649145, Petitioner, v. RICK THALER, Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Respondent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Civil Action No. 3: 11-CV-476-L

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS DALLAS DIVISION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dated: April 2, 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ORDER

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Before the court is Marvin Lewis Fulk's ("Fulk" or "Petitioner") Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, filed February 28, 2011, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. The case was referred to Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney, who entered Findings, Conclusions and Recommendation of the United States Magistrate Judge ("Report") on January 22, 2013, recommending that Petitioner's habeas petition be denied and the action dismissed with prejudice. No objections to the Report were filed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Having reviewed the pleadings, file, and record in this case, and the findings and conclusions of the magistrate judge, the court determines that the findings and conclusions of the magistrate judge are correct, and accepts them as those of the court. Accordingly, Fulk's Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 is denied, and this action is dismissed with prejudice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Considering the record in this case and pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 22(b), Rule 11(a) of the Rules Governing §§ 2254 and 2255 proceedings, and 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c), the court denies a certificate of appealability. The court determines that Petitioner has failed to

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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 "debatable whether this court was correct in its procedural ruling. " Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473 484 (2000). In support of this determination, the court accepts and incorporates by reference the magistrate judge's report filed in this case. In the event that Petitioner files a notice of appeal, he must pay the $455 appellate filing fee or submit a motion to proceed in forma pauperis ("IFP"), unless he has been granted IFP status by the district court.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It is so ordered this 2nd day of April, 2013.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ______________        Sam A. Lindsay        United States District Judge

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Rule 11 of the Rules Governing §§ 2254 and 2255 Cases provides as follows:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (a) Certificate of Appealability. The district court must issue or deny a certificate of appealability when it enters a final order adverse to the applicant. Before entering the final order, the court may direct the parties to submit arguments on whether a certificate should issue. If the court issues a certificate, the court must state the specific issue or issues that satisfy the showing required by 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). If the court denies a certificate, the parties may not appeal the denial but may seek a certificate from the court of appeals under Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 22. A motion to reconsider a denial does not extend the time to appeal. (b) Time to Appeal. Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4(a) governs the time to appeal an order entered under these rules. A timely notice of appeal must be filed even if the district court issues a certificate of appealability.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Rule 11 of the Rules Governing §§ 2254 and 2255 Cases provides as follows:

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