Jeffrey Abramowski v. Secretary, Florida Department, et al


Opinion issued by court as to Appellant Jeffrey C. Abramowski. Decision: Affirmed. Opinion type: Non-Published. Opinion method: Per Curiam. The opinion is also available through the Court's Opinions page at this link

Download PDF
Case: 15-13923 Date Filed: 08/30/2017 Page: 1 of 3 [DO NOT PUBLISH] IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT ________________________ No. 15-13923 Non-Argument Calendar ________________________ D.C. Docket No. 6:13-cv-00998-PGB-TBS JEFFREY C. ABRAMOWSKI, Petitioner-Appellant, versus SECRETARY, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, ATTORNEY GENERAL, STATE OF FLORIDA, Respondents-Appellees. ________________________ Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida ________________________ (August 30, 2017) Before WILLIAM PRYOR, MARTIN and ANDERSON, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: Case: 15-13923 Date Filed: 08/30/2017 Page: 2 of 3 Jeffrey Abramowski, a Florida state prisoner, appeals the denial of his petition for a writ of habeas corpus. 28 U.S.C. § 2254. We issued a certificate of appealability to address whether the district court erred by denying Abramowski’s claim that he was functionally denied the assistance of counsel at trial on the grounds it was untimely and procedurally barred or, in the alternative, by denying the claim as failing on the merits. Because Abramowski does not dispute that his claim is procedurally barred based on an independent and adequate state ground, we affirm. Abramowski argues that his claim is timely, is subject to equitable tolling, and is meritorious, but we need not address these arguments because we can affirm on the alternative ground stated by the district court. Before we will reverse a “judgment that is based on multiple, independent grounds, an appellant must convince us that every stated ground for the judgment against him is incorrect.” Sapuppo v. Allstate Floridian Ins. Co., 739 F.3d 678, 680 (11th Cir. 2014). If the “appellant fails to challenge properly on appeal one of the grounds on which the district court based its judgment, he is deemed to have abandoned any challenge of that ground . . . .” Id. The district court ruled that Abramowski defaulted his claim by raising it in a fifth state motion for postconviction relief, see Fla. R. 3.850, that the state court dismissed as barred by the prohibition against successive motions, id. 3.850(h)(2). The district court also ruled that Abramowski failed to provide 2 Case: 15-13923 Date Filed: 08/30/2017 Page: 3 of 3 cause and prejudice to excuse the default. See Coleman v. Thompson, 501 U.S. 722, 750 (1991). Because Abramowski does not contest those rulings, “it follows that the [denial of his claim as procedurally defaulted] is due to be affirmed,” Sapuppo, 739 F.3d at 680. We AFFIRM the denial of Abramowski’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus. 3

Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.

Why Is My Information Online?