Bass v. Hetzel et al (INMATE 2)
ORDER OVERRULING 13 Objection to Report and Recommendation; adopting 12 Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge; ORDERING that this petition for habeas corpus relief is DENIED and this case is DISMISSED with prejudice. Signed by Honorable Judge W. Harold Albritton, III on 11/30/15. (djy, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FORTHE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
MARK CEDRIC BASS, #279 120,
GARY HETZEL, WARDEN, et al.,
CASE NO. 3:12-cv-979-WHA
This case is before the court on the Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge (Doc. #12),
entered on October 22, 2015, and the Petitioner’s Objection (Doc. #13), filed on November 9,
The court has conducted an independent evaluation and de novo review of the file in this
case and, having done so, finds the objection to be without merit.
Petitioner has filed an objection to the Recommendation wherein the Magistrate Judge
recommends that Petitioner’s application for habeas relief be denied and dismissed. Petitioner
presented one issue in his petition: he alleged that his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to
challenge whether the State’s DNA expert was properly qualified to testify as an expert witness.
The Magistrate Judge concluded that Petitioner defaulted his claim for relief. The court agrees.
Petitioner, in his objection, essentially re-argues the merits of his ineffectiveness claim.
To the extent he asserts additional claims for relief, i.e., ineffective assistance of appellate
counsel, a Brady violation, and actual innocence, he may not amend his petition by presenting
new claims in his objection. See e.g., Gilmour v. Gates, McDonald & Co., 382, F.3d 1312,
1315 (11th Cir. 2004).
For these reasons, the objection is OVERRULED, the court ADOPTS the
Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, and it is hereby
ORDERED that this petition for habeas corpus relief is DENIED, and this case is
DISMISSED with prejudice.
DONE this 30th day of November, 2015.
/s/ W. Harold Albritton
W. HAROLD ALBRITTON
SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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