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Appellants Combined Opening Brief And Application For Certificate Of Appealability {COA-12}

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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE TENTH CIRCUIT _________________________________ Petitioner - Appellant, v. Case No. __________________ _________________________________ Respondent - Appellee. Appellant's Combined Opening Brief and Application for a Certificate of Appealability INSTRUCTIONS TO LITIGANTS PROCEEDING WITHOUT COUNSEL The court will accept a completed copy of this form as a combined opening brief and application for a certificate of appealability. You may attach additional pages as needed. In the alternative, you may prepare your own combined opening brief and application for a certificate of appealability. Your combined opening brief and application for a certificate of appealability must include all the arguments you intend to make on appeal. Citations to legal authorities (cases, statutes, etc.) are encouraged but not required. The purpose of an appeal is to determine if the district court erred in its decision-making based on the arguments, pleadings, and evidence that were submitted to that court. This court generally does not consider new evidence and will base its decision on the existing district court record. Because you are proceeding without an attorney, the record of proceedings from the district court has been or will be transmitted to this court from the district court where your case was heard. You are not required to attach district court documents to your combined opening brief and application for a certificate of appealability. If the district court did not issue an order granting a certificate of appealability on an issue or issues you wish to raise with this court on appeal, you must show you are entitled to a certificate of appealability. To do so, you must make a "substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right." Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 336 (2003). This generally requires a "showing that reasonable jurists could debate whether . . . the petition should have been resolved in a different manner or that the issues presented were adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed further." 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c); Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000). Form COA-12 Page i American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com Regardless of the form used, the combined opening brief and application for a certificate of appealability cannot exceed 30 pages in length unless you certify that it contains no more than 14,000 words. If the total number of pages you submit exceeds 30, you must count the number of words in the document and certify that word count. The form for providing certification is on the last page of this document. If the combined opening brief and application for a certificate of appealability is over 30 pages in length and the word count has not been certified, or if the word count exceeds 14,000, your combined opening brief and application for a certificate of appealability will not be filed and your appeal is subject to dismissal. Whether you use this form or your own for your combined opening brief and application for a certificate of appealability, you must send a copy of the document to this court by placing it in the mail on or before the due date. If the document is being mailed using a prison mail system, you must affirm under the penalty for perjury the date the document was placed, first class postage prepaid, in the prison mail system. See Fed. R. App. P. 25(a)(2)(C). One copy of the combined opening brief and application for a certificate of appealability to this court is sufficient. You must also mail a copy of the document to the attorney representing the appellee (the respondent or government in the district court proceedings). On the last page of this form, you will find two subsections that must be filled out and signed. We advise you to complete that page and attach it to the end of your own combined opening brief and application for a certificate of appealability if you elect not to use this form. The appellee is not obligated to respond to your combined brief and application for a certificate of appealability. 10th Cir. R. 22.1(B). It is not a default or concession in any way if the appellee does not respond. If the appellee does respond, or is ordered to, you may file a reply brief. Otherwise, your combined opening brief and application for a certificate of appealability is the only brief the court will consider. The court disfavors motions for extensions of time to file briefs. 10th Cir. R. 27.4(A). If you must file a motion asking for an extension of time, file it well in advance of the due date. If the court grants you an extension of time to file your combined brief and application for a certificate of appealability and the order designates the extension as final, you risk your appeal being dismissed for failure to prosecute if you nevertheless ask for additional time again. Unless the district court granted you leave to proceed on appeal in forma pauperis, you were directed by this court to either pay the filing fee for this appeal or alternatively, to file a motion with this court asking leave to proceed in forma pauperis. You must also comply fully with those directives before the court will consider your appeal. Form COA-12 Page ii American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com APPELLANT'S COMBINED OPENING BRIEF AND APPLICATION FOR A CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY 1. Statement of the Case. (Briefly summarize the events that took place in the district court. For example, identify when you filed your habeas application and any significant motions and orders that were entered.) 2. Prior proceedings. (Identify any prior state, federal, or administrative proceedings in which you also sought relief from the conviction and sentence at issue in this appeal.) Form COA-12 Page 1 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com 3. Statement of Facts Relevant to the Issues Presented for Review. (State the facts necessary and relevant to understanding the legal issues you seek to raise on appeal). Form COA-12 Page 2 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com 4. Statement of Issues and Arguments. (Identify each instance in which you think the district court was wrong and provide arguments as to why you think error occurred, keeping in mind the legal standard for granting a certificate of appealability. Wherever possible, cite authorities that support your claims. You may argue, for example, that the district court applied the law incorrectly, that the district court erred in its recitation or understa

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