United States District Court, E.D. Arkansas, Pine Bluff Division
January 13, 2015
PAUL NORRIS, JR., ADC #144669, Petitioner,
RAY HOBBS, Director, Arkansas Department of Correction, Respondent.
BRIAN S. MILLER, District Judge.
The recommended disposition ("RD") submitted by Magistrate Judge Joe J. Volpe and petitioner's objections thereto have been reviewed. After carefully reviewing the record, de novo, the conclusion of the RD is adopted but for a different reason than the one provided by the RD.
Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U.S. 307, 321, 324 (1979), provides that a federal habeas corpus proceeding may be cognizable when a prisoner claims that his state criminal conviction is not supported by the evidence. If, however, any rational trier of fact could have found the essential elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt after viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the prosecution, such evidence is sufficient to support the challenged conviction. Id. at 319; Coleman v. Johnson, 132 S.Ct. 2060, 2064 (2012). When the evidence presented to the jury in petitioner Paul Norris's trial is viewed in the light most favorable to the state, a rational fact-finder readily could have found beyond a reasonable doubt that Norris was guilty of capital murder, aggravated robbery, and first-degree battery. Norris's habeas petition is therefore without merit.
Accordingly, the petition for writ of habeas corpus [Doc. No.1], pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, filed by Norris is dismissed with prejudice. In § 2254 cases, a certificate of appealability may issue only if the petitioner has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). As there is no issue on which Norris has made a substantial showing of a denial of a constitutional right, a certificate of appealability is denied.
IT IS SO ORDERED