Bearry v. Jones et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Abdul K Kallon on 8/14/2014. (PSM)
2014 Aug-14 PM 12:30
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
TIMOTHY LINDSEY BEARRY,
WARDEN KENNETH JONES and THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE
STATE OF ALABAMA,
Case Number: 2:14-cvB00496-AKK-JHE
On July 28, 2014, the magistrate judge entered a Report and Recommendation, (doc. 9),
recommending that the petition for writ of habeas corpus be dismissed with prejudice. The petitioner
has filed objections. (Doc. 10). To the extent the petitioner objects to the magistrate judge’s report
and recommendation on the grounds (1) he could not file a timely habeas petition because he was
in a mental health facility and suffers from a mentally disability, (id. at 1), and (2) he is actually
innocent, (id. at 2), neither equitably toll or excuse his failure to file this petition within the statute
of limitations. First, assuming the petitioner could not diligently pursue his rights due to an alleged
mental disability from sometime between July 1998 (when he wrote the court clerk requesting copies
of his case file), (doc. 1-1 at 8), and 2003 (when he decided to research his case), (id. at 8-9), the
petitioner offers no excuse for waiting until August 21, 2007 to file his Rule 32 petition. This delay
of four years between when he admittedly began investigating his case and filing a Rule 32 petition
exceeds the statute of limitations. 28 U.S.C. § 2244. Additionally, while actual innocence can
overcome the statute of limitations, McQuiggins v. Perkins, – U.S.–, 133 S. Ct. 1924 (2013), the
petitioner raises this for the first time in his objections and clearly does not make the threshold
showing “that, in light of new evidence, no juror, acting reasonably, would have voted to find his
guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.” Schulp v. Delo, 512 U.S. 298, 329 (1995).
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 jurist would find the district court’s
assessment of the constitutional claims debatable and 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 14th day of August, 2014.
ABDUL K. KALLON
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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