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Before JOLLY, BENAVIDES, and HAYNES, Circuit Judges.

Benny Joe Stevens was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for the 1998 murders of four people in Mississippi. The district court granted a certificate of appealability (“COA”) for Stevens’s claim that the prosecutor peremptorily struck a black prospective juror because of her race. Stevens has requested an expansion of the COA for his claim that the state post-conviction process was so ineffective that it violated his right to due process. We AFFIRM the district court’s denial of habeas relief and DENY Stevens’s request to expand the COA.

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