Burns v. State of Florida
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS re 6 Report and Recommendations. Certificate of Appealability: No Ruling. The Court directs the Clerk to CLOSE this case. Any pending motions are DENIED AS MOOT. Motions terminated: 6 REPORT AND RECOMM ENDATIONS on 28 USC 2254 case re 1 Application/Petition (Complaint) for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed by Larry Burns Recommending that this case be dismissed as successive.. Signed by Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr on 11/16/2017. (lk) NOTICE: If there are sealed documents in this case, they may be unsealed after 1 year or as directed by Court Order, unless they have been designated to be permanently sealed. See Local Rule 5.4 and Administrative Order 2014-69.
United States District Court
Southern District of Florida
Larry Burns, Petitioner,
Julie Jones, Respondent.
) Civil Action No. 17-23850-Civ-Scola
Order Adopting Magistrate Judge’s Report And Recommendation
This case was referred to United States Magistrate Judge Patrick A.
White, consistent with Administrative Order 2003-19 of this Court, for a ruling
on all pre-trial, nondispositive matters and for a report and recommendation
on any dispositive matters. On October 24, 2017, Judge White issued a report,
recommending that the Court dismiss the petition for writ of habeas corpus as
successive. (Report of Magistrate, ECF No. 6.) The Petitioner has filed
objections to the report, arguing that his petition is a Rule 60(b) motion that
should not be treated as a second or successive petition for writ of habeas
corpus because he is attacking a final judgment on the basis of fraud
perpetrated by an officer of the court. (Obj.’s, ECF No. 9.) However, the alleged
fraud was perpetrated during the state court proceeding that resulted in
Burns’s conviction, not during Burns’s previous habeas corpus proceeding.
(See Mot. for Relief, ECF No. 1.) Therefore, Burns’s purported Rule 60(b) motion
actually attacks his state court conviction, and Judge White properly construed
Burns’s Rule 60(b) motion as a second or successive petition for writ of habeas
The Court has considered Judge White’s report, the Petitioner’s
objections, the record, and the relevant legal authorities. The Court finds Judge
White’s report and recommendation cogent and compelling. The Court affirms
and adopts Judge White’s report and recommendation (ECF No. 6). The Court
denies the Motion for Relief from Judgment Pursuant to Rule 60(b)(3)
Fed.R.Civ.P. (ECF No. 1). The Court does not issue a certificate of
appealability. Finally, the Court directs the Clerk to close this case. Any
pending motions are denied as moot.
Done and ordered, at Miami, Florida, on November 16, 2017.
Robert N. Scola, Jr.
United States District Judge
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