Cato #199166 v. Ryan et al
ORDER that Petitioner has 14 days from the date of this Order to withdraw his motion to dismiss if he so chooses. If Petitioner does not withdraw the motion (and file his Reply in support of his Petition), the Court will accept the Report and Recommendation and grant the motion to dismiss. See order for details. Signed by Senior Judge James A. Teilborg on 5/26/16. (NKS)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA
Johnny David Cato,
Charles L Ryan, et al.,
Pending before the Court is Petitioner’s Motion for Voluntary Dismissal and a
Report and Recommendation (Docs. 16 and 18) recommending that the motion be
It appears to the Court that, following dismissal, any re-filed federal habeas
petition may be barred by the statute of limitations.1 It is unclear whether Petitioner has
As another Court in this district noted:
The Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA)
provides a one-year statute of limitations for state prisoners to file petitions
for writ of habeas corpus in federal court. 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)(1). That
period generally commences on “the date on which the judgment became
final by the conclusion of direct review or the expiration of the time for
seeking such review.” 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)(1)(A). The one-year limitations
period is tolled during the time that a “properly filed application for State
post-conviction or other collateral review with respect to the pertinent
judgment or claim is pending.” 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)(2) (emphasis added).
An untimely application for post-conviction relief is not properly filed and
does not toll the limitations period. See Pace, 544 U.S. at 414 (When a
post-conviction petition is untimely under state law, ‘that [is] the end of the
matter’ for purposes of § 2244 (d)(2).”); see also Allen v. Siebert, 552 U.S.
3, 7 (2007) (an untimely petition for post-conviction relief was not
“properly filed” for purposes of tolling the AEDPA limitations period).
considered this. Accordingly, the Court will give Petitioner one opportunity to withdraw
his motion to dismiss.
Petitioner’s claims are procedurally defaulted. In the event Petitioner withdraws his
motion to dismiss, his withdrawal should be filed with a proposed reply addressing the
procedural default and other defenses raised in the Answer.
Further, the Court also notes that Respondents assert that
IT IS ORDERED that Petitioner has 14 days from the date of this Order to
withdraw his motion to dismiss if he so chooses. If Petitioner does not withdraw the
motion (and file his Reply in support of his Petition), the Court will accept the Report and
Recommendation and grant the motion to dismiss.
Dated this 26th day of May, 2016.
CV 15-915, Doc. 21 at 7. Regarding Petitioner Cato, the Court has not determined
whether any filing in state court at this point would be untimely.
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