Vernon Castle Brown Jr. v. David Baughman

Filing 3

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER DISMISSING PETITION by Judge Christina A. Snyder, re Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (2254) 1 . Because petitioner has not obtained leave from the Court of Appeals, the petition is dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. (jsan)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 WESTERN DIVISION 11 12 VERNON CASTLE BROWN, JR., 13 Petitioner, 14 15 v. DAVID BAUGHMAN, 16 Respondent. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No. CV 17-2221-CAS(AJW) MEMORANDUM AND ORDER DISMISSING PETITION 17 18 Petitioner, a state prisoner, filed this petition for a writ of 19 habeas corpus on March 22, 2017.1 The petition challenges petitioner’s 20 2001 murder conviction in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. 21 Petitioner previously has filed numerous petitions in this Court 22 challenging the same conviction. The first petition was denied on the 23 merits on June 8, 2004. Case No. CV 03-7528-FMC(AJW). Petitioner’s 24 subsequent petitions challenging that conviction were dismissed as 25 26 27 28 1 Although petitioner used the form for a petition filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241, the petition is properly construed as a petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. 1 successive.2 2 “Before a second or successive application permitted by this 3 section is filed in the district court, the applicant shall move in 4 the appropriate court of appeals for an order authorizing the district 5 court to consider the application.” 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b)(3)(A). Absent 6 authorization from the Court of Appeals, this Court lacks jurisdiction 7 over a successive petition. See Magwood v. Patterson, 561 U.S. 320, 8 330-331 (2010); Cooper v. Calderon, 274 F.3d 1270, 1274 (9th Cir. 9 2001), cert. denied, 538 U.S. 984 (2003). 10 11 Because petitioner has not obtained leave from the Court of Appeals, the petition is dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.3 12 It is so ordered. 13 14 Dated: March 29, 2017 15 Christina A. Snyder United States District Judge 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2 Case Nos. CV 04-4250-R(AJW), CV 11-4338-CAS(AJW), CV 11-4691-CAS(AJW), CV 11-7476-CAS(AJW), CV 11-7997-CAS(AJW), CV 12-4039-CAS(AJW), CV 125230-CAS(AJW), CV 14-9017-CAS(AJW), CV 15-268-CAS(AJW), CV 15-766CAS(AJW), CV 15-2316-CAS(AJW), CV 15-8590-CAS(AJW), CV 17-1512-CAS(AJW). 3 Ninth Circuit Rule No. 22-3(a) provides that “[i]f a second or successive petition or motion, or an application for authorization to file such a petition or motion, is mistakenly submitted to the district court, the district court shall refer it to the court of appeals.” Because the circumstances indicate that petitioner intentionally filed this action in this Court, not that he did so mistakenly, Rule 22-3(a) is inapplicable. Nevertheless, the Clerk is directed to mail petitioner a copy of Ninth Circuit Form 12 so that petitioner may file an application for leave to file a second or successive petition in the Court of Appeals. 2

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