Scott v. Hannah et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER granting 7 Motion to Dismiss; denying as moot 8 Motion to Appoint Counsel; and dismissing 2 habeas petition. Signed by Judge Susan Webber Wright on 02/10/2015. (rhm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
RICKY LEE SCOTT
Case No. 4:14CV00758 SWW-JTK
WENDY KELLEY, Director,
Arkansas Department of Correction1
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
On December 29, 2014, Ricky Lee Scott filed a petition for habeas corpus pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 2254. Pending before the Court is a Motion to Dismiss filed by Respondent (DE #7), and
a Motion to Appoint Counsel filed by Petitioner (DE #8). For the reasons that follow, the
undersigned recommends that the Motion to Dismiss be granted and the Motion to Appoint Counsel
be denied as moot.
A jury convicted Scott of capital murder for the shooting death of Robert Smith in Cross
County, Arkansas. His conviction was affirmed by the Arkansas Supreme Court in April 1999.
Scott then filed a motion for post-conviction relief which was denied by the trial court in March
2003, and affirmed by the Arkansas Supreme Court in 2005. Thereafter, Petitioner’s federal habeas
petition, Scott v. Norris, 5:04cv00082 WRW-HLJ, was denied. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
denied an application for a certificate of appealability and two subsequent requests for permission
to file second or subsequent habeas petitions. On July 25, 2014, the district court dismissed Scott’s
motion for relief from judgment pursuant to Rule 60 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. See
Scott v. Hobbs, 5:04cv00082 KGB. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals again denied his
Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 25, Wendy Kelley is substituted as the Respondent.
application for a certificate of appealability.
A claim presented in a second or successive habeas petition under § 2254 must be dismissed
unless the Petitioner can make a prima facie showing that he meets all of the requirements of 28
U.S.C. § 2244(b)(2). Importantly, this determination must be made by the Eighth Circuit Court of
Appeals, not the United States District Court. See 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b)(3)(A) (“Before 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”). Thus, in order for Petitioner to file and pursue this successive habeas action, he must
obtain authorization from the Eighth Circuit, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b)(3)(A).
The instant petition is a successive petition, and Petitioner may not file it without permission
of the Eighth Circuit. Consequently, the petition is dismissed.
Based on the foregoing, the Motion to Dismiss (DE # 7) is GRANTED, the Motion to
Appoint Counsel (DE # 8) is DENIED AS MOOT and the habeas petition is dismissed.
SO ORDERED this 10th day of February, 2015.
/s/Susan Webber Wright
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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