Brewer v. Bryson
ORDER extending time for Respondent to respond to 8 Amended Complaint filed by Michael Lane Brewer. Response due 10/2/2017. Signed by Magistrate Judge Brian K. Epps on 08/08/2017. (pts)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
MICHAEL LANE BREWER,
HOMER BRYSON, Commissioner,
Georgia Department of Corrections,
Petitioner Michael Lane Brewer, an inmate currently incarcerated at Riverbend
Correctional Facility in Milledgeville, Georgia, filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, challenging his conviction for two counts of computer child
exploitation in the Superior Court of Richmond County. On July 17, 2017, after receiving
evidence that the Georgia Supreme Court had denied Petitioner’s application for a certificate
of probable cause, the Court granted Petitioner leave to proceed in forma pauperis and
directed Respondent to file a responsive pleading within sixty days. (See doc. no. 7.) On
July 25, 2017, Petitioner filed an amended petition, raising the same claims as in his original
petition but including further information proving exhaustion. (Doc. no. 8.)
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15, which governs amendment of pleadings, applies
to § 2254 petitions. See Mayle v. Felix, 545 U.S. 644, 655 (2005). Rule 15(a)(1) provides
A party may amend its pleading once as a matter of course within: (A) 21
days after serving it, or (B) if the pleading is one to which a responsive
pleading is required, 21 days after service of a responsive pleading or 21 days
after service of a motion under Rule 12(b), (e), or (f), whichever is earlier.
As Respondent has not yet answered, Petitioner properly amended his petition under Fed. R.
Civ. P. 15(a) without leave of the Court.
However, under the Rule 15(a), Petitioner’s amended petition (doc. no. 8) supersedes
and replaces Petitioner’s original petition in its entirety, and is therefore the operative
pleading in this case. See Krinsk v. SunTrust Banks, Inc., 654 F.3d 1194, 1202 (11th Cir.
2011); Lowery v. Ala. Power Co., 483 F.3d 1184, 1219 (11th Cir. 2007) (“an amended
complaint supersedes the initial complaint and becomes the operative pleading in the case”);
see also Malone v. Sec’y, Florida Dep’t of Corr., No. 806-CV-720-T-27MAP, 2009 WL
2579216, at *1 (M.D. Fla. Aug. 20, 2009) (recognizing amended § 2254 petition completely
superseded original petition). Accordingly, the Court EXTENDS the time for Respondent to
respond to Petitioner’s amended petition as required by the Court’s July 17th Order until
October 2, 2017.
SO ORDERED this 8th day of August, 2017, at Augusta, Georgia.
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