The Tenth Circuit on Wednesday issued one published opinion and six unpublished opinions.
In Haynes v. Wilson, the Court denied Petitioner’s certificate of appealability (COA). Petitioner was convicted of two counts of sexual assault; he appealed his conviction, but the Wyoming Supreme Court affirmed; he then filed a motion in federal district court, seeking relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2254, which the court rejected along with his COA, and now the Tenth Circuit affirms the denial of his motion and the rejection of his COA. There was only one issue Petitioner presented in his § 2254 petition: whether the state trial court should have revisited its earlier decision that Petitioner was competent to stand trial in light of a forensic psychologist’s report prepared later at sentencing. However, the Court found that the Wyoming Supreme Court discussed and rejected Petitioner’s argument by explaining that the trial court had considered the report and its potential impact on the court’s earlier competency decision. Therefore, the Court found no basis on which it might disagree with the other courts’ analyses to afford Petitioner a COA.