Hall v. Norris, Director, Arkansas Department of Corrections
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS. For reasons stated Petitioner Hall's 1 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus is DISMISSED. Signed by Honorable Harry F. Barnes on May 10, 2011. (lw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
TOMMY DWAYNE HALL
CASE NO. 09-CV-4076
LARRY NORRIS, Director,
Arkansas Department of Correction
Before the Court is the Report and Recommendation filed June 22, 2010, by the Honorable
Barry A. Bryant, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Arkansas. (Doc. 41).
Judge Bryant recommends that Planitiff Tommy Dwayne Hall’s Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus
(Doc. 1) be denied. Hall has responded with timely objections. (Docs. 42 and 43).
Hall asserts the following claims in his petition: (1) his guilty plea was involuntary; (2) he
was maliciously prosecuted and the prosecution coerced a witness to testify falsely against him; (3)
the initial vehicle stop which led to his arrest and ultimate conviction was made without probable
cause; (4) the state withheld exculpatory evidence; and (5) the state court failed to follow its own
rules in accepting the guilty plea. In the Report and Recommendation, Judge Bryant found that Hall
filed the petition at issue outside of the one-year limitation period, that equitable tolling is
inapplicable in this case, and that the petition at issue is procedurally barred.
Hall objects to Judge Bryant’s findings regarding the statute of limitations and the procedural
bar to Hall’s petition. The Court has conducted a de novo review of the entire file, including all
matters relevant to the petition. After careful consideration, the Court adopts the thorough reasoning
of Magistrate Judge Bryant and will dismiss Hall’s habeas petition for the reasons stated in the
Report and Recommendation dated June 22, 2010 (Doc. 41). Because Judge Bryant correctly
concluded that Hall filed the petition outside of the one-year limitation period, that equitable tolling
is inapplicable in this case, and that Hall’s petition is procedurally barred, Hall’s objections to the
Report and Recommendation are overruled.
For reasons stated herein and above, as well as those contained in Judge Bryant’s Report and
Recommendation (Doc. 41), Petitioner Hall’s Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (Doc. 1) is
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 10th day of May, 2011.
/s/ Harry F. Barnes
Hon. Harry F. Barnes
United States District Judge
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