Mesa v. Department of Corrections
AMENDED ORDER adopting 4 Report and Recommendations. Signed by Judge Darrin P. Gayles on 11/27/2017. (hmo)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
CASE NO. 17-23706-CIV-GAYLES/WHITE
ORLANDO SERGIO MESA,
AMENDED ORDER AFFIRMING AND ADOPTING
REPORT OF MAGISTRATE JUDGE
THIS CAUSE came before the Court on Magistrate Judge Patrick A. White’s Report of
Magistrate Judge (“Report”) [ECF No. 4]. Petitioner filed a pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 attacking his conviction and sentence entered following a guilty plea
in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida [ECF No. 1]. The
matter was referred to Judge White, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and Administrative
Order 2003-19 of this Court, for a ruling on all pretrial, non-dispositive matters, and for a Report
and Recommendation on any dispositive matters. [ECF No. 2]. Judge White’s Report recommends
that the Court dismiss the Petition as time-barred.
Pursuant to Rule 72 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Petitioner’s objections to the
Report were due on October 31, 2017. In the absence of timely objections reflected in the docket
and finding no clear error in the Report, the Court entered an order on November 2, 2017, affirming
and adopting the Magistrate Judge’s Report. [ECF No. 5]. Thereafter, on November 27, 2017, Petitioner’s objections to the Report were entered into the docket. [See ECF No. 7]. That filing indicates
that Petitioner’s objections were mailed on October 30, 2017. [See id. at 3]. Thus, Petitioner’s objections were timely, notwithstanding the delay in their entry on the docket.
A district court may accept, reject, or modify a magistrate judge’s report and recommendation. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). Those portions of the report and recommendation to which objection
is made are accorded de novo review if those objections “pinpoint the specific findings that the
party disagrees with.” United States v. Schultz, 565 F.3d 1353, 1360 (11th Cir. 2009); see also Fed.
R. Civ. P. 72(b)(3). Any portions of the report and recommendation to which no specific objection
is made are reviewed only for clear error. Liberty Am. Ins. Grp., Inc. v. WestPoint Underwriters,
L.L.C., 199 F. Supp. 2d 1271, 1276 (M.D. Fla. 2001); accord Macort v. Prem, Inc., 208 F. App’x
781, 784 (11th Cir. 2006).
This Court, having now conducted a de novo review of the record, agrees with Judge
White’s analysis. Petitioner did not appeal the trial court order of February 26, 2016, and thus the
one-year limitation period under 28 U.S.C. § 2244 began to run on March 28, 2016, after the
thirty-day window to appeal expired. Because Petitioner did not appeal the trial court’s order, he
could not have petitioned for certiorari review with the United States Supreme Court. Therefore,
the tolling period set forth in Bond v. Moore, 309 F.3d 770 (11th Cir. 2002), is inapplicable.
Accordingly, after careful consideration, it is ORDERED AND ADJUDGED as follows:
Judge White’s Report and Recommendation [ECF No. 4] is AFFIRMED AND
ADOPTED and incorporated into this Order by reference;
the Petition [ECF No. 1] is DISMISSED;
no certificate of appealability shall issue; and
this case is CLOSED.
DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at Miami, Florida, this 27th day of November, 2017.
DARRIN P. GAYLES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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