Patton v. United States of America
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins on 12/7/2017. (JLC)
2017 Dec-07 AM 11:32
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
RICHARD PATTON, JR.,
UNITED STATES OR AMERICA,
Case No.: 1:17-cv-08039-VEH
Richard Patton, Jr. (hereinafter “Patton”) has filed with the Clerk of this Court
a “Motion To Vacate Void Judgment" (doc. 1), which the Court construes as having
been filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2255. (See Order, doc. 2). Patton seeks to vacate
the sentence imposed upon him on January 19, 2012, in case # 7:11-cr-00289-VEH.
Pursuant to an order of this court, on December 6, 2017, the Government filed a
Response (doc. 7) to the Motion.
In its Response, the Government asserted that this is Patton's second motion
under Section 2255, that it has been brought without permission of the Eleventh
Circuit Court of Appeals, and that, accordingly, this court lacks jurisdiction. The
Government asks the court to dismiss the Motion on that basis.
Having reviewed the parties' pleadings and the arguments made therein, as well
as the applicable law pertaining thereto, the undersigned finds that this is Patton’s
second motion under § 2255 and therefore, this court lacks jurisdiction to proceed.
“[A] second or successive [§ 2255] motion must be certified as provided in section
2244 by a panel of the appropriate court of appeals.” 28 U.S.C. § 2255(h). See also
28 U.S.C. § 2244(b)(3)(A). Darby v. Hawk-Sawyer, 405 F.3d 942, 944–45 (11th
Cir.2005); Farris v. U.S., 333 F.3d 1211 (2003) (same); United States v. Harris, 546
Fed. Appx. 898, 900 (11th Cir.2013) (unpublished opinion) (“A district court lacks
the jurisdiction to hear a second or successive § 2255 motion absent authorization
from a court of appeals.”) (citations omitted).
Because this court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the instant § 2255 Petition,
this case will be dismissed without prejudice to allow Patton the opportunity to seek
authorization from the Eleventh Circuit to file a second or successive § 2255 motion.
ACCORDINGLY, it is ORDERED that:
1. The pending motion to vacate, set aside, or correct sentence (Doc. 1) is
DISMISSED, without prejudice, for lack of jurisdiction.
2. The Clerk is directed to term all pending motions within this case file and
the associated criminal case, United States v. Patton, 7:11-cr-00289-VEH.
DONE and ORDERED this the 7th day of December, 2017.
VIRGINIA EMERSON HOPKINS
United States District Judge
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