Wilson v. Clay et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION ADOPTING and ACCEPTING the Magistrate Judges 19 Report and Recommendations and OVERRULING all Objections. To the extent a Certificate of Appealability is required by Rule 11 of the Federal Rules Governing 2255 Proceedings, a Certificate of Appealability is DENIED. Signed by Chief Judge Karon O Bowdre on 9/5/2017. (JLC)
2017 Sep-05 PM 04:11
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
WARDEN B. CLAY, et al.,
Case No.: 1:17-cv-00488-KOB-SGC
On June 29, 2017, the magistrate judge entered a report recommending the petition for a
writ of habeas corpus brought pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (Doc. 1) 1 and the motion for a
judgment amending Petitioner’s sentence (Doc. 3) be dismissed with prejudice for lack of subject
matter jurisdiction. (Doc. 19). Petitioner Freddie Wilson was granted fourteen days to respond
with any objections. (Id.). Petitioner filed responses on July 5, 2017 (Doc. 20); July 10, 2017
(Doc. 21); July 11, 2017 (Doc. 22); July 21, 2017 (Doc. 23); and July 24, 2017 (Doc. 24). Any
objections submitted after July 13, 2017 are untimely and due to be struck. Accordingly, the
court STRIKES Petitioner’s last two submissions. (Docs. 23, 24). Petitioner’s timely responses
have been carefully considered by the court. (Docs. 20, 21, and 22)
Petitioner’s first submission (Doc. 20) is styled as a motion to expand the record in which
Petitioner asks the court to consider previous action taken by the Eleventh Circuit Court of
Appeals in granting access to Petitioner’s presentence investigation report.
The court has
considered this motion but finds that, like Petitioner’s other arguments regarding his sentence, it
The court notes Petitioner filed what is styled as an “amended petition” on April 12, 2017.
(Doc. 4). However, Petitioner’s amended petition does not contain the court’s form for
submitting a petition for habeas relief. Therefore, the court refers to (Doc. 1) as the operative
petition. The magistrate judge considered the contents of the amended petition, which do not
conflict with Petitioner’s initial filing. (Doc. 19 at 1 n.1). The undersigned has done the same.
is not properly presented via Petitioner’s § 2241 petition. Accordingly, to the extent Petitioner
presents an objection to the report and recommendation on the grounds that the magistrate judge
recommended against allowing Petitioner to proceed under § 2241 when he requests relief which
is only permitted under § 2255, the objection (Doc. 20) is OVERRULED.
In Petitioner’s second submission (Doc. 21), he objects that 28 U.S.C. §§ 2242 and 2243
provide for a habeas petition to be presented in the district of confinement. While this statement
is true, as previously noted by the magistrate judge, Petitioner’s action is in substance a motion
filed pursuant to § 2255 and must be filed in the district where he was sentenced. This filing also
points to other cases in which dismissal was deemed proper by the appellate court where a
petitioner filed a § 2241 “savings clause” petition which in fact sought the kind of relief
contemplated under § 2255. (Id. at 2-3) (citing various cases in which petitions were dismissed
in light of the McCarthan opinion for failure to observe the requirements of § 2255(e)). The
cases cited by Petitioner are consistent with the magistrate judge’s recommendation and do not
support Petitioner’s objection.
Also, Petitioner contends the magistrate judge’s recommendation is invalid because she
does not have jurisdiction to rule on the motion to amend the judgment (Doc. 3) or the petition
itself (Doc. 1). The magistrate judge’s report and recommendation is not a final judgment; rather
it contains findings of fact and recommendations made pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636. Thus,
Petitioner’s contention as to the authority exercised by the magistrate judge is without merit.
Accordingly, these objections (Doc. 21) are OVERRULED.
Next in Petitioner’s filing of July 11, 2017, he objects to the magistrate judge’s report and
recommendation because she found the Eleventh Circuit has closed the portal for his § 2241
petition under McCarthan. (Doc. 22 at 1). This filing presents no legal grounds which have not
already been addressed.
According, to the extent Petitioner’s third response (Doc. 22)
constitutes an objection, it is OVERRULED.
After careful consideration of the record in this case and the magistrate judge’s report, the
court ADOPTS the report of the magistrate judge and ACCEPTS her recommendations. In
accordance with the recommendation, the court finds that the petition (Doc. 1) and the motion to
amend the judgment (Doc. 3) are due to be dismissed with prejudice.
To the extent a certificate of appealability is required by Rule 11 of the Federal Rules
Governing 2255 Proceedings, a certificate of appealability is DENIED.
A certificate of
appealability may issue “only if the applicant has 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 quotation omitted). Based on the foregoing discussion, the
court is of the opinion Petitioner has failed to make the requisite showing.
The court will enter a separate Order.
DONE and ORDERED this 5th day of September, 2017.
KARON OWEN BOWDRE
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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