Jones v. State of Arkansas
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS. Further denying and dismissing 1 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, filed by Bernard Jones. Signed by Honorable Harry F. Barnes on May 10, 2011. (lw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
CASE NO. 10-CV-4096
STATE OF ARKANSAS
Before the Court is the Report and Recommendation filed January 5, 2011, by the Honorable
Barry A. Bryant, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Arkansas. (Doc. 12).
Judge Bryant recommends that Petitioner Bernard Jones’s Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (Doc.
1) be dismissed with prejudice. Jones has responded with a notice of appeal, which the Court has
construed as his objections to the Report and Recommendation.1 (Doc. 13).
Jones alleges the following errors in his state court criminal proceeding: (1) ineffective
assistance of counsel; (2) petitioner did not knowingly and voluntarily waive his right to appeal; (3)
unconstitutional search and seizure of evidence; (4) unlawful arrest; (5) denial of a fair and impartial
trial; and (6) denial of due process of law. In the Report and Recommendation, Judge Bryant found
that Jones waived his rights to raise the issues presented because he knowingly and voluntarily pled
guilty in the underlying criminal action. Judge Bryant also found that Jones was procedurally barred
by an independent state procedural rule from presenting his claims in state court. Further, Judge
Petitioner should note that he filed the notice of appeal prematurely and that the Court
construed this document as his objection to the Report and Recommendation and not as a notice
Bryant found that Jones failed to establish cause for the procedural default and failed to establish that
new and reliable evidence exists that tends to show actual innocence; therefore, Jones’s habeas
petition should be denied and dismissed with prejudice.
Jones states that he “object[s] and give[s] notice to appeal the disposition ... and
recommendation.” (Doc. 13). Jones’s objection is a general objection and does not meet the
requisite specificity to invoke de novo review.2 Nevertheless, 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 Jones’s habeas
petition for the reasons stated in the Report and Recommendation dated January 5, 2011 (Doc. 12).
Accordingly, Jones’s general objection to the Report and Recommendation is overruled.
For reasons stated herein and above, as well as those contained in Judge Bryant’s Report and
Recommendation (Doc. 12), Petitioner Jones’s Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (Doc. 1) is
DENIED and DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 10th day of May, 2011.
/s/ Harry F. Barnes
Hon. Harry F. Barnes
United States District Judge
A general objection that errors were made does not constitute an objection “to those
portions of the report or specified proposed findings or recommendations.” See 28 U.S.C. §
636(b)(1) (emphasis added).
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