Fancher v. State of Alabama et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Abdul K Kallon on 1/10/2017. (AVC)
2017 Jan-10 AM 09:47
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
STATE OF ALABAMA, et al.,
Civil Action Number:
This is an action for a writ of habeas corpus filed by Petitioner Douglas
Fancher, pro se, on or about November 5, 2016. Doc. 1. Fancher, a pre-trial
detainee, claims he is being held unlawfully in the Jefferson County Jail in
Bessemer, Alabama. On December 8, 2016, the magistrate judge to whom the
action was referred entered a report and recommendation pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §
636(b) recommending that the court dismiss Fancher’s habeas petition without
prejudice based on his failure to exhaust available state remedies. Doc. 4. The time
to object to the magistrate judge’s report and recommendation has expired.
Having carefully reviewed and considered de novo all the materials in the
court file, including the magistrate judge’s report and recommendation, the court is
of the opinion that the magistrate judge’s findings are due to be and are hereby
ADOPTED and his recommendation is ACCEPTED. Accordingly, the petition
for a writ of habeas corpus is due to DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
Further, a petitioner is required to obtain a certificate of appealability in
order to appeal from “the final in a habeas corpus proceeding in which the
detention complained of arises out process issued by a state court.” 28 U.S.C. §
2253(c)(1)(A). That language encompasses final orders relative to habeas petitions
by detainees awaiting trial in state court on criminal charges. See Evans v. Oliver,
2013 WL 4027766, at *4 (S.D. Ala. Aug. 7, 2013); Stringer v. Williams, 161 F.3d
259, 262 (5th Cir. 1998); cf. Medberry v. Crosby, 351 F.3d 1049, 1063 (11th Cir.
2003); Hiteshaw v. Butterfield, 262 F. App’x 162, 163 (11th Cir. 2008). It is
appropriate for the court to either issue or deny a certificate of appealability when
it enters a final order adverse to the applicant. See Rules 1(b), 11(a), RULES
GOVERNING § 2254 HABEAS PROCEEDINGS. The court concludes that the instant
petition does not present issues that are debatable among jurists of reason, so a
certificate of appealability is due to be DENIED. See Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S.
473, 484-85 (2000). A separate Final Judgment will be entered.
DONE the 10th day of January, 2017.
ABDUL K. KALLON
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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