WRIGHT v. SECRETARY OF DOC
ORDER DISMISSING PETITIONER'S #1 PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS. The magistrate judges report and recommendation (ECF No. #3 ) is ADOPTED and incorporated by reference into this order. The clerk shall enter judgment stating: "Rontarian Wright's petition for writ of habeas corpus is DISMISSED without prejudice for lack of subject matter jurisdiction." Signed by SENIOR JUDGE WILLIAM STAFFORD on 10/04/2019. (toy)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
DC # 124563,
SECRETARY OF DOC,
ORDER DISMISSING PETITIONER’S PETITION
FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS
Before the court is the magistrate judge's report and recommendation (ECF
No. 3) docketed September 13, 2019. The magistrate judge recommends that
Petitioner’s petition for writ of habeas corpus be DISMISSED for lack of
jurisdiction. Petitioner has filed objections (ECF No. 5) to the magistrate judge’s
report and recommendation, along with his request to invoke jurisdiction and his
Individualized Service Plan.
The magistrate judge recommends dismissal of Petitioner’s § 2254 petition
as an unauthorized successive petition. Petitioner’s failure to obtain permission
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from the Eleventh Circuit prior to filing the his § 2254 petition operates as a
jurisdictional bar that precludes this court’s consideration of the petition. 28 U.S.C.
§ 2244(b)(3)(A); Burton v. Stewart, 549 U.S. 147, 152, 157 (2007). Indeed,
without jurisdiction, this court “is powerless to continue” and is required to dismiss
the petition. Univ. of S. Alabama v. Am. Tobacco Co., 168 F.3d 405, 410 (11th Cir.
1999); Hubbard v. Campbell, 379 F.3d 1245, 1247 (11th Cir. 2004) (district court
was “obliged” to dismiss petitioner’s unauthorized second or successive petition
because subject matter jurisdiction was lacking).
The magistrate judge also recommends that a certificate of appealability
(“COA”) be denied. Ordinarily, an appeal may not be taken to the circuit court
from the “final order” in a habeas proceeding unless a COA has been issued. 28
U.S.C. § 2553(c)(1) The Eleventh Circuit, however, has explained that a COA is
not required to appeal a dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. United
States v. Palmer, 773 F. App’x 576, 576 (11th Cir. 2019); Hubbard, 379 F3d. at
1247 (holding that dismissal of a § 2254 habeas petition as an unauthorized
successive petition is not a “final order” within the meaning of § 2253; no COA is
required to appeal such an order of dismissal).
The court having reviewed the matter before it, it is ORDERED:
1. The magistrate judge’s report and recommendation (ECF No. 3) is
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ADOPTED and incorporated by reference into this order.
2. Petitioner’s petition for writ of habeas corpus (ECF No. 1) is DISMISSED
without prejudice for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
3. The clerk shall enter judgment stating: “Rontarian Wright’s petition for
writ of habeas corpus is DISMISSED without prejudice for lack of subject matter
DONE AND ORDERED this
s/ William Stafford
SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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