281 F.3d 1208
Thomas Eugene HENSLEY, Petitioner-Appellant,
Michael W. MOORE, Robert A. Butterworth, Respondents-Appellees.
United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.
February 6, 2002.
Rick Carey, Asst. Fed. Pub. Def., Ocala, FL, Rosemary Cakmis, Fed. Pub. Def., Orlando, FL, for Petitioner-Appellant.
Edward C. Hill, Jr., Tallahassee, FL, for Respondents-Appellees.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (No. 99-01183-CV-J-21CA); Ralph W. Nimmons, Jr., Judge.
Before TJOFLAT, RONEY and COX, Circuit Judges,
The question presented by the certificate of appealability in this case, which was brought under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 to challenge the constitutional validity of a 1974 rape conviction, is essentially: whether the one-year statute of limitations created by the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 was tolled by petitioner's previously filed federal petition seeking the same § 2254 relief. The Supreme Court has answered this question in the negative. See Duncan v. Walker, 533 U.S. 167, 121 S.Ct. 2120, 2129, 150 L.Ed.2d 251 (2001).1
In his brief on appeal (filed by his court appointed lawyer), petitioner asks us to hold the present habeas petition timely by invoking the principle of "equitable tolling." To do this we would have to amend the certificate of appealability. We do have the authority to amend the certificate, but we decline to exercise it because petitioner did not present his equitable tolling argument to the district court