Jackson v. Thomas et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION ADOPTING and APPROVING the 26 Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation and OVERRULING Petitioner's 27 Objection. Signed by Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins on 5/22/2017. (JLC)
2017 May-22 PM 03:30
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
JEFFEREY J. JACKSON,
WARDEN THOMAS, et al.,
) Case Number: 1:16-cv-00252-VEH-JHE
The magistrate judge entered a Report and Recommendation on May 5, 2017,
recommending that this petition for writ of habeas corpus be dismissed based on the
statute of limitations. (Doc. 26). On May 19, 2017, the court received written
objections from the petitioner. (Doc. 27).
The petitioner makes two objections to the report and recommendation.
First, the petitioner contends the magistrate judge should not have recommended
dismissal of his mental competency claim because he informed this Court that he was
electing to bring that claim in state court. (Id. at 1). The magistrate judge
acknowledged the petitioner’s filing indicates he wishes to assert his competency
claim in state court. Whether this claim is addressed in state court or here has no
impact on the statute of limitations analysis. Finding the petition barred by the statute
of limitations, the magistrate judge correctly did not address the merits of the
petitioner’s claims. This objection is OVERRULED.
The petitioner next objects to the magistrate judge’s finding that the petitioner
did not attempt to obtain a copy of his colloquy transcript until 2007, arguing he
requested a copy in 1999, but it was confiscated, and therefore he has been diligently
pursuing his claim. (Doc. 27 at 1-2). It is unclear from the record whether the
petitioner is alleging prisoner personnel confiscated the transcript in 1999, when it
was received, or in 2016, when he filed the motion about not receiving a copy of the
supplemental answer. Assuming the petitioner requested a copy of his colloquy
transcript in 1999, there are no allegations or evidence he was pursing his claims until
2007. Accordingly, because the petitioner cannot show he was pursuing his rights
diligently, he cannot argue that some extraordinary circumstance stood in his way
(i.e., the state-created impediment) and prevented timely filing. See Holland v.
Florida, 560 U.S. 631, 649 (2010) (quoting Pace v. DiGuglielmo, 544 U.S. 408, 418
(2005)). This objection is OVERRULED.
The court has considered the entire file in this action, together with the report
and recommendation, and has reached an independent conclusion that the report and
recommendation is due to be adopted and approved.
Accordingly, the court hereby ADOPTS and APPROVES the findings and
recommendation of the magistrate judge as the findings and conclusions of this court.
The petition for writ of habeas corpus is due to be DISMISSED. A separate Order
will be entered.
This Court may issue a certificate of appealability “only if the applicant has a
made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right.” 28 U.S.C. §
2253(c)(2). To make such a showing, a “petitioner must demonstrate that reasonable
jurists would find the district court’s assessment of the constitutional claims debatable
or wrong,” Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000), or that “the issues presented
were adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed further,” Miller-El v. Cockrell,
537 U.S. 322, 336 (2003) (internal quotations omitted). This Court finds Petitioner’s
claims do not satisfy either standard.
DONE this the 22nd day of May, 2017.
VIRGINIA EMERSON HOPKINS
United States District Judge
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