Cave v. United States of America
ORDER granting Petitioner's 4 Motion to Dismiss, dismisses this case without prejudice, and closes this case. Signed by Magistrate Judge Brian K. Epps on 10/08/2019. (jlh)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
(Formerly CR 116-086)
Petitioner, an inmate at United States Penitentiary Lee in Jonesville, Virginia, filed
with this Court a motion under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 to vacate, set aside, or correct his sentence.
On September 20, 2019, the government filed a response to Petitioner’s § 2255 motion.
(Doc. no. 3.) On October 7, 2019, Petitioner filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss his § 2255
motion. (Doc. no. 4.)
Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(2), an action may be dismissed without prejudice at
Plaintiff’s request by order of the court, upon such terms and conditions as the court deems
proper.1 This Court and other courts have approved the practice of dismissing § 2255 actions
without prejudice. See, e.g., Cooks v. United States, CV 114-091, doc. no. 10 (S.D. Ga. Oct. 2,
2014); McGee v. United States, CV 111-192, doc. no. 10 (S.D. Ga. Aug. 17, 2012); see also
Under Rule 12 of the Rules Governing Section 2255 Cases, “[t]he Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure . . . , to the extent they are not inconsistent with any statutory provisions or these rules,
may be applied to a proceeding under these rules.”
Weeks v. United States, 382 F. App’x 845, 850 (11th Cir. 2010) (noting dismissal of § 2255
motion without prejudice). Therefore, the Court finds that it is appropriate to dismiss the case
pursuant to Petitioner’s motion.
However, Petitioner should note that, while a subsequent § 2255 motion will not be
barred purely by virtue of the dismissal of this action, any future petition for a writ of habeas
corpus and/or § 2255 motion that he files will be subject to all statutory provisions applicable to
such actions, including those enacted under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of
1996. See 28 U.S.C. §§ 2244 & 2255. Accordingly, the Court GRANTS Petitioner’s motion to
dismiss, (doc. no. 4), DISMISSES this case without prejudice, and CLOSES this case.
SO ORDERED this 8th day of October, 2019, at Augusta, Georgia.
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