Campbell v. Secretary, Department of Corrections
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS for 1 Application/Petition (Complaint) for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed by James Bernard Campbell ; adopting Report and Recommendations re 5 Report and Recommendations; Dismissing 1 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus; Certificate of Appealability: DENIED ; Closing Case. Signed by Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr. on 3/9/2018. (ls) 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
James Bernard Campbell,
Secretary of Florida Department )
Civil Action No. 17-24646-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. Judge White’s Report concludes that this matter
should be dismissed as a successive habeas corpus petition, filed without first
obtaining authorization from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, as required
by 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b)(3). (Report of Magistrate, ECF No. 5.) Despite requesting
an extension of time, which the Court granted, the Petitioner James Bernard
Campbell has not filed objections to the report, and the time to do so has
The Court has made a de novo review of the record. This is Campbell’s
second attempt before the undersigned seeking review of his conviction and
sentence for first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, robbery with a
deadly weapon, armed burglary of a dwelling, and possession of a weapon
during the commission of a criminal offense. (Pet., ECF No. 1.)1 Campbell first
sought federal review of these same convictions in 1998, pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 2254.2 (Pet., Case No. 98-cv-02088-DLG, ECF No. 1.) After lengthy
proceedings, the Court denied Campbell’s petition on the merits. (Report and
Order, Case No. 98-cv-02088-DLG, ECF Nos. 172, 180.)
The undersigned dismissed Campbell’s first attempt at review without prejudice to be
re-filed if the Eleventh Circuit granted Campbell’s application for leave to file a
successive habeas corpus petition. (See Case No. 17-cv-20406-RNS.)
In fact, Campbell continues to litigate that case, having filed the most recent motion
in the 1998 case on January 18, 2018, despite being enjoined from filing further
pleadings without first seeking leave of court. (See ECF No. 274 at 3.)
In the earlier case filed before the undersigned, the Court agreed with
Judge White that Campbell’s application qualified as a successive habeas
corpus application, which would require authorization from the Eleventh
Circuit for him to file. Despite the Court’s noting this requirement, and
dismissing Campbell’s petition without prejudice, there is no indication that
Campbell sought the appropriate permission from the Eleventh Circuit prior to
filing the present action.
Thus, having considered Judge White’s Report, and the relevant legal
authorities, as well as having made a de novo review of the record, 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. 5). The Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (ECF No. 1) is dismissed for
lack of jurisdiction, and the certificate of appealability is denied. All other
pending motions are denied as moot. Finally, the Court directs the Clerk to
close this case.
Done and ordered at Miami, Florida, on March 9, 2018.
Robert N. Scola, Jr.
United States District Judge
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