Maxwell v. Hobbs
ORDER adopting 9 Proposed Findings and Recommendations in their entirety as this Court's findings in all respects. Maxwell's objections are overruled. The certificate of appealability is denied. Signed by Judge J. Leon Holmes on 5/2/2014. (ks)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
EARL RAY MAXWELL, ADC #86502
NO. 5:13CV00362 JLH
RAY HOBBS, Director of the
Arkansas Department of Correction
The Court has received proposed Findings and Recommendations from Magistrate Judge
H. David Young. After careful review of those Findings and Recommendations, the timely
objections received thereto, and a de novo review of the record, the Court concludes that the
Findings and Recommendations should be, and hereby are, approved and adopted in their entirety
as this court’s findings in all respects. Earl Ray Maxwell argues that his failure to file his habeas
corpus petition in this Court within the one-year period of limitations should be excused because he
is a pro se petitioner who was ignorant of the law. While equitable tolling may apply to the one-year
period of limitations, it is well settled that “pro se status, lack of legal knowledge, legal resources,
confusion about or miscalculations of the limitations period, or the failure to recognize the legal
ramifications of actions taken in prior post-conviction proceedings are inadequate to warrant
equitable tolling.” Shoemate v. Norris, 390 F.3d 595, 598 (8th Cir. 2004). Maxwell’s objections
are therefore overruled. Judgment will be entered accordingly.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2253 and Rule 11 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the
United States District Court, the Court must determine whether to issue a certificate of appealability
in the final order. In § 2254 cases, a certificate of appealability may issue only if the applicant has
made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)-(2). The
Court finds no issue on which petitioner has made a substantial showing of a denial of a
constitutional right. Thus, the certificate of appealability is denied.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 2nd day of May, 2014.
J. LEON HOLMES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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