Smith v. Attorney General for the State of Alabama
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala on 10/25/2017. (KEK)
2017 Oct-25 AM 09:10
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF
THE STATE OF ALABAMA,
Case No. 2:16-cv-01486-MHH-HNJ
On September 12, 2016, the presiding magistrate judge filed a report in which
he recommended that the Court dismiss petitioner Moreland Smith’s 28 U.S.C. §
2254 petition for writ of habeas corpus because the petition is time-barred. (Doc. 2,
pp. 4-6). The magistrate judge advised Mr. Smith of his right to file objections to the
report and recommendation within 14 days. (Doc. 2, p. 7). Mr. Smith filed objections
to the magistrate judge’s report and recommendation. (Doc. 3).
When a party objects to a report and recommendation, the district court must
“make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed
findings or recommendations to which objection is made.”
28 U.S.C. §§
636(b)(1)(B)-(C). The Court reviews de novo legal conclusions in a report and
reviews for clear error factual findings to which no objection is made. Garvey v.
Vaughn, 993 F.2d 776, 779 n. 9 (11th Cir. 1993); see also LoConte v. Dugger, 847
F.2d 745, 749 (11 th Cir. 1988); Macort v. Prem, Inc., 208 Fed. Appx. 781, 784 (11th
Cir. 2006). A district court “may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or part, the
findings or recommendations made by the magistrate judge.”
28 U.S.C. §
After careful consideration of the record in this case, including the magistrate
judge’s report and recommendation and Mr. Smith’s objections, the Court adopts the
magistrate judge’s report and accepts his recommendation that the Court dismiss Mr.
Smith’s petition for writ of habeas corpus as time-barred. The Court is not persuaded
by Mr. Smith’s argument concerning the timeliness of his habeas petition. (Doc. 3,
Pursuant to Rule 11 of the Rules Governing § 2254 Cases, the Court has
evaluated the claims within the petition for suitability for the issuance of a certificate
of appeability (COA). See 28 U.S.C. § 2253. Rule 22(b) of the Federal Rules of
Appellate Procedure provides that when an appeal is taken by a petitioner, the district
judge who rendered the judgment “shall” either issue a COA or state the reasons why
such a certificate should not issue. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2), a COA may
issue only when the petitioner “has made a substantial showing of the denial of a
constitutional right.” This showing can be established by demonstrating that
“reasonable jurists could debate whether (or for that matter, agree that) the petition
Page 2 of 3
should have been resolved in a different manner” or that the issues were “adequate
to deserve encouragement to proceed further.” Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484
(2000) (citing Barefoot v. Estelle, 463 U.S. 880, 893 & n. 4 (1983)). For procedural
rulings, a COA will issue only if reasonable jurists could debate whether the petition
states a valid claim of the denial of a constitutional right and whether the court’s
procedural ruling was correct. Id.
The Court finds that reasonable jurists could not debate its resolution of the
claims presented in this habeas corpus petition. For the reasons stated in the
magistrate judge’s report and recommendation, the Court DECLINES to issue a COA
with respect to Mr. Smith’s claims.
The Court will enter a separate final order.
Done this 25th day of October, 2017.
MADELINE HUGHES HAIKALA
U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
Page 3 of 3
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?