MEEKS v. SECRETARY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
ORDER adopting 30 Report and Recommendation. Signed by William Terrell Hodges on 3/28/2017. The Clerk is directed to enter a judgment which states as follows: "ECF No. 5 , Amended Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus ch allenging petitioner's judgment of conviction and sentence in State of Florida v. Jay Alan Meeks, Alachua County Circuit Court Case No. 09-CF-4074, is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. A certificate of appealability is DENIED." The motion at ECF No. 31 is denied as moot, and the Clerk is directed to close the file. (kdm)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
JAY ALAN MEEKS,
Case No. 1:15-cv-00252-WTH-CJK
SECRETARY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS,
This cause comes on for consideration upon the Magistrate Judge's Report
and Recommendation dated February 6, 2017. ECF No. 30. The parties have
been furnished a copy of the Report and Recommendation and have been
afforded an opportunity to file objections pursuant to Title 28, United States
Code, Section 636(b)(1). Petitioner has filed objections at ECF No. 33. Also,
Petitioner filed a Motion for Deferred Ruling with Leave to File Supplemental
Response, ECF No. 31, and the Proposed Supplemental Response itself at ECF
No. 32. The Court will construe ECF No. 32 as a part of Petitioner’s objections to
the Report and Recommendation. I have made a de novo review based on the
objections found in ECF Nos. 32 and 33.
Having considered the Report and Recommendation, and the timely filed
objections, I have determined that the Report and Recommendation should be
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adopted. This Court agrees with the Magistrate Judge that Petitioner did not file
any state post-conviction motions that tolled the one-year federal time limit until
after that time limit had passed. The Magistrate Judge correctly concluded that
the request for documents from the clerk and the petition for writ of mandamus
did not entitle Petitioner to statutory tolling. Finally, the Court agrees with the
Magistrate Judge that Petitioner is not entitled to equitable tolling because
Petitioner did not need the documents in his case file to discover and present
the grounds in his state post-conviction motions.
Accordingly, the Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation, ECF
No. 30, is adopted and incorporated by reference in this order. The Clerk is
directed to enter a judgment which states as follows: “ECF No. 5, Amended
Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus challenging petitioner's judgment of conviction
and sentence in State of Florida v. Jay Alan Meeks, Alachua County Circuit Court
Case No. 09-CF-4074, is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. A certificate of
appealability is DENIED.” The motion at ECF No. 31 is denied as moot, and the
Clerk is directed to close the file.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DONE and ORDERED at Gainesville, Florida this 28th day of March, 2017.
Case No: 1:15-cv-00252-WTH-CJK
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