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Encarnacion v. McGinnis

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


March 24, 2008

BERNABE ENCARNACION, PETITIONER,
v.
MICHAEL MCGINNIS, SUPERINTENDENT OF SOUTHPORT CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, RESPONDENT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gary L. Sharpe U.S. District Judge

DECISION AND ORDER

On April 20, 2001, Bernabe Encarnacion, proceeding pro se, filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, challenging his New York State conviction and sentence for murder in the second degree and promoting prison contraband in the first degree. (Dkt. No. 1.) On October 26, 2007, Magistrate Judge Victor Bianchini issued a Report and Recommendation ("R&R") recommending that the petition be denied. (Dkt. No. 58.)*fn1 Pending are Encarnacion's written objections ("Objections") to the R&R. (Dkt. No. 61.) Encarnacion's Objections are lengthy, detailed, and specific. Accordingly, the court has reviewed the R&R de novo. See Almonte v. New York State Div. of Parole, No. 04-cv-484, 2006 WL 149049, at *3 (N.D.N.Y. Jan. 18, 2006) ("The district court must review de novo those portions of the Magistrate Judge's findings and recommendations that have been properly preserved by compliance with the specificity requirement."). Upon careful consideration of Encarnacion's arguments, the relevant parts of the record, and the applicable law, the court adopts the R&R in its entirety.

Because the court agrees with Judge Bianchini's thorough treatment of Encarnacion's petition, and because, upon careful review, the Objections do not call into question the merits of the R&R, it is unnecessary for the court to embark upon a detailed discussion of Encarnacion's claims. See Shah v. Helen Hayes Hosp., 252 Fed. Appx. 364, 366 (2d Cir. Oct. 29, 2007) ("Where a district court has stated that it has considered a party's objections to a magistrate judge's R&R, we have rejected the argument that the mere brevity of the district court's order granting summary judgment based upon that report and recommendation demonstrates the absence of a de novo review.") (summary order). It suffices to say that the court adopts Judge Bianchini's reasoning as its own. Accordingly, Encarnacion's petition is denied, as is his motion to amend/correct his petition. Furthermore, because the court finds that Encarnacion has not made a "substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right" pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2), the court declines to issue a certificate of appealability.

WHEREFORE, for the foregoing reasons, it is hereby

ORDERED that Encarnacion's application for habeas corpus relief is DENIED and his petition is DISMISSED; and it is further

ORDERED that Encarnacion's motion to amend/correct his petition is DENIED; and it is further

ORDERED that Magistrate Judge Bianchini's October 26, 2007 Report and Recommendation is adopted in its entirety; and it is further

ORDERED that because Encarnacion has failed to make a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right, a certificate of appealability will not be issued; and it is further

ORDERED that the Clerk provide copies of this Decision and Order to the parties.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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