Wilson v. Waller, et al

Filing 920070626

Opinion

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United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit F I L E D IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT June 26, 2007 Charles R. Fulbruge III Clerk No. 06-60881 Summary Calendar WILLIAM ANTONIO WILSON, Petitioner-Appellant, versus DOLAN WALLER, Warden Wilkinson County Correctional Facility; CHRISTOPHER B. EPPS, COMMISSIONER, MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, Respondents-Appellees. -------------------Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi USDC No. 1:04-CV-811 -------------------Before JOLLY, DENNIS, and CLEMENT, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM:* William Antonio Wilson, Mississippi prisoner # R6861, moves this court for a certificate of appealability (COA) to appeal the denial of a FED. R. CIV. P. 60(b) motion. Wilson initially filed a 28 U.S.C. 2254 petition challenging his convictions for murder and aggravated assault. The district court dismissed the petition as barred by the one-year limitations period of 28 U.S.C. 2244(d). Wilson then filed his Rule 60(b) motion for Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR. R. 47.5.4. * No. 06-60881 -2relief from the judgment dismissing his 2254 petition as time barred. Wilson did not attempt to use his Rule 60(b) motion to add a new habeas claim or to attack the federal court's resolution of a claim on the merits; he instead asserted that the district court's determination that his 2254 petition was time barred was incorrect. Therefore, a COA is not necessary. See Gonzalez v. Crosby, 545 U.S. 524, 532 & n.4 (2005; Dunn v. Cockrell, 302 F.3d 491, 492 & n.1 (5th Cir. 2002); 28 U.S.C. 2253(c)(1). Accordingly, the motion for a COA is denied as unnecessary. Wilson argues that the district court's denial of his Rule 60(b) motion was an abuse of discretion. Relying on the affidavit of his sister, which he contends is newly discovered evidence, Wilson argues that he is entitled to equitable tolling of the limitations period because the failure of his retained attorney to file a post-conviction motion resulted in his 2254 petition being untimely. Wilson's contention that he is entitled to equitable tolling due to the failure of his attorney to file his state habeas petition is unavailing. an argument. This court has previously rejected such See Cousin v. Lensing, 310 F.3d 843, 849 (5th Cir. 2002) ("mere attorney error or neglect is not an extraordinary circumstance such that equitable tolling is justified"); Salinas v. Dretke, 354 F.3d 425, 432 (5th Cir. 2004) (same). No. 06-60881 -3Wilson has failed to show that the district court abused its discretion in denying his Rule 60(b) motion. Byron, 436 F.3d 551, 555 (5th Cir. 2006). See Warfield v. Accordingly, the See district court's denial of Rule 60(b) relief is affirmed. id. MOTION FOR COA DENIED AS UNNECESSARY; AFFIRMED.

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