Paul Zeedyk v. Lorie Davis, Director
UNPUBLISHED OPINION ORDER FILED. [16-20753 Dismissed for Want of Jurisdiction ] Judge: JLD , Judge: LHS , Judge: SAH; denying as moot motion for certificate of appealability filed by Appellant Mr. Paul Joseph Zeedyk [8388153-2] [16-20753]
Date Filed: 08/25/2017
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
United States Court of Appeals
August 25, 2017
Lyle W. Cayce
PAUL JOSEPH ZEEDYK,
LORIE DAVIS, DIRECTOR, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL
JUSTICE, CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS DIVISION,
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Southern District of Texas
USDC No. 4:13-CV-781
Before DENNIS, SOUTHWICK, and HIGGINSON, Circuit Judges.
PER CURIAM: *
A jury convicted Paul Joseph Zeedyk, Texas prisoner # 1608279, of felony
driving while intoxicated and found that he used or exhibited a deadly weapon
during the offense.
The district court denied Zeedyk’s 28 U.S.C. § 2254
application challenging that criminal judgment, and this court denied a
certificate of appealability (COA). After the Supreme Court denied Zeedyk’s
ensuing petition for a writ of certiorari, Zeedyk filed a motion in the district
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 R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH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.
Date Filed: 08/25/2017
court that he styled as a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) motion. In the
motion, Zeedyk sought relief from the district court’s denial of his § 2254 claim
that the evidence was insufficient to support the deadly-weapon finding.
Zeedyk moves for a COA to appeal the district court’s denial of the
purported Rule 60(b) motion. Because Zeedyk’s Rule 60(b) motion challenged
the district court’s determination that the deadly-weapon claim in his § 2254
application failed on the merits, the Rule 60(b) motion constituted an
unauthorized second or successive § 2254 application. See Gonzalez v. Crosby,
545 U.S. 524, 532 & n.4 (2005); see also Preiser v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 475, 487,
500 (1973) (holding that a writ of habeas corpus is a state prisoner’s sole federal
remedy for challenging the duration of his imprisonment in order to obtain a
speedier release in the future). Thus, the district court lacked jurisdiction to
consider the Rule 60(b) motion, and we lack jurisdiction to review the district
court’s denial of the motion on the merits. See United States v. Key, 205 F.3d
773, 774-75 (5th Cir. 2000).
Accordingly, the appeal is DISMISSED for want of jurisdiction, and the
motion for a COA is DENIED as moot.
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