WALKER v. HICKS

Filing 27

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION re 6 Amended Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed by RANDY R WALKER, JR, 16 MOTION to Dismiss Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus as Successive and/or Untimely filed by WALTER A MCNEIL : It i s recommended that the 16 MOTION to Dismiss by GRANTED; 6 AMENDED Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus be DENIED; cause be DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. Signed by MAGISTRATE JUDGE ALLAN KORNBLUM on 4/16/2009. Internal deadline for referral to district judge if objections are not filed earlier: 5/14/2009. (jws)

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Page 1 of 4 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA PANAMA CITY DIVISION RANDY R. WALKER, Petitioner, v. WALTER MCNEIL, Respondent. ___________________________/ REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION This cause is before the Court on Petitioner's amended petition for writ of habeas corpus, Doc. 6, and Respondent's motion to dismiss. Doc. 16. Petitioner was given additional time to file a response to the motion, Doc. 22, but to date, he has not filed his response, and the deadline for doing so has expired. This cause is therefore in a posture for decision. Having carefully considered the matter, the Court recommends that the motion to dismiss be granted. In the instant petition, Petitioner attacks his October, 1993, conviction in Cause No. 93262 and his November, 1993, conviction in Cause No. 93-263, in the Circuit Court for Bay County, Florida. Petitioner's conviction in 93-262 has been the subject of numerous court challenges, but for the purposes of this proceeding, only one of those is important. In Walker v. Moore, Cause No. 5:98cv275-MMP/AK (N.D. Fla.), this Court denied Petitioner's habeas challenge to 93-262, CASE NO. 5:08-cv-00252-RS-AK Page 2 of 4 Docs. 19, 21, & 22, and Petitioner's request for a certificate of appealability was likewise denied by this Court and the court of appeals. Docs. 28 & 39. Because the conviction in 93-262 has already been the subject of a habeas petition in this Court, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2244(b)(3)(A), the Court cannot consider a second or successive habeas petition until a panel of the Eleventh Circuit has authorized its filing. There is no indication that Petitioner has satisfied the requirements for filing the instant case, and thus, it is not properly before this Court for c o n s i d e r a t i o n .1 As to the conviction in Cause No. 93-263, the petition is patently untimely. It was affirmed on appeal in Walker v. State, 649 So.2d 872 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1995), and became final 90 days thereafter, which was before the effective date of the AEDPA. For convictions which became final before April, 1996, the one-year period for filing a habeas petition began to run from the date of enactment of the AEDPA. Wilcox v. Florida Department of Corrections, 158 F.3d 1209, 1211 (11th Cir. 1998), cert. denied, 531 U.S. 840 (2000). Petitioner therefore had one year from that date to file his petition for a writ of habeas corpus in this Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2244(d)(1)(A). The instant petition was not filed until August, 2008, over ten years out of time. While a properly filed motion for post-conviction relief will toll the running of the statute of limitations, Petitioner did not file any post-conviction motions in state court regarding 93-263 until 2002, see Walker v. State, 837 So.2d 972 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2003), long after the statute of limitations had expired, and nothing he did in state court after the expiration of the Petitioner's previous request for leave to file a second or successive petition for a writ of habeas corpus regarding 93-262 in In re: Randy R. Walker, Cause No. 04-12871-J (11th Cir.), was denied. Case No: 5:08-cv-00252-RS-AK 1 Page 3 of 4 statute of limitations serves to revive the time for filing here. See Moore v. Crosby, 321 F.3d 1377, 1381 (11th Cir. 2003) (tolling provisions do not restart statute of limitations once limitations period has expired); Tinker v. Moore, 255 F.3d 1331, 1333 (11th Cir. 2001), cert. denied, 534 U.S. 1144 (2002). In other words, the time for filing the instant petition had expired before Petitioner filed the post-conviction motion in state court, and the filing of that motion could not toll a statute of limitations that had already expired. Though the time for filing a 2254 petition may be equitably tolled under certain extraordinary circumstances, Petitioner has not suggested that this is an issue, and a review of the documents reveals nothing to support equitable tolling. See Sandvik v. United States, 177 F.3d 1269, 1271 (11th Cir. 1999) (to qualify for equitable tolling, petitioner must show extraordinary circumstances that are both beyond his control and unavoidable even with diligence); see also Akins v. United States, 204 F.3d 1086, 1089 (11th Cir. 2000).. In light of the foregoing, it is respectfully RECOMMENDED: That the motion to dismiss, Doc. 16, be GRANTED; That the amended petition for writ of habeas corpus, Doc. 6, be DENIED; That this cause be DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. IN CHAMBERS at Gainesville, Florida, this 16th day of April, 2009. s/ A. KORNBLUM ALLAN KORNBLUM UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE Case No: 5:08-cv-00252-RS-AK Page 4 of 4 NOTICE TO THE PARTIES A party may file specific, written objections to the proposed findings and recommendations within 15 days after being served with a copy of this report and recommendation. A party may respond to another party's objections within 10 days after being served with a copy thereof. Failure to file specific objections limits the scope of review of proposed factual findings and recommendations. Case No: 5:08-cv-00252-RS-AK

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