Ward v. The Attorney General of the State of Alabama et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION Signed by Judge Karon O Bowdre on 11/5/12. (SAC )
2012 Nov-05 PM 02:24
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
CARL BRAD WARD,
WARDEN CARTER DAVENPORT, et al., ]
The magistrate judge entered a report and recommendation (doc. 6) in this habeas
action recommending that the court dismiss this action as a successive petition because the
petitioner failed to obtained the required authorization from the Eleventh Circuit Court of
Appeals to file a successive petition in this court.
The petitioner has filed objections to the report and recommendation (doc. 7), in
which he requests that “the instant petition be held in abeyance, instead of being dismissed,
until he receives a ruling from the 11th Circuit on [h]is 2244(b) application.” However, 28
U.S.C. § 2244(b)(3)(A) states that “[b]efore a second or successive application permitted by
this section is filed in the district court, the applicant shall move in the appropriate court of
appeals for an order authorizing the district court to consider the application.” (Emphasis
added). The clear effect of this provision establishes a statutory pre-condition to the filing
of a “second or successive” habeas petition, requiring the applicant to obtain the
authorization of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit before petitioner
files it. The purpose of the statute is to prevent the filing of successive petitions and to
deprive the district court of jurisdiction to consider successive petitions unless and until the
appropriate court of appeals has authorized the filing of the petition. This court lacks
jurisdiction over the petitioner’s successive habeas petition until the appeals court grants him
permission to file a successive petition. Therefore, the court cannot hold the petition in
Having carefully reviewed and considered de novo all the material in the court file,
including the petitioner’s objections and the report and recommendation, the court ADOPTS
the report of the magistrate judge and ACCEPTS his recommendation. This court finds that
this habeas petition is due to be dismissed without prejudice to allow the petitioner to obtain
authorization from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to file a successive petition in this
court. The court will enter an appropriate order.
DONE and ORDERED this 5th day of November, 2012.
KARON OWEN BOWDRE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
The petitioner has requested that the “court return to him the three copies of the petition
which he filed” in this case. However, any copies of the petition submitted along with the original
petition were not retained by the court because of space limitations.
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