Craft v. Superintendent
OPINION AND ORDER re 1 PETITION for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed by Peitioner William A Craft. The Petition is DENIED pursuant to Section 2254 Habeas Corpus Rule 4 because it is untimely. Petitioner DENIED a certificate of appealability pursuant to Section 2254 Habeas Corpus Rule 11. Petitioner DENIED leave to appeal in forma pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3). Clerk DIRECTED to close this case. Signed by Judge Jon E DeGuilio on 7/27/17. (Copy mailed to pro se party).(cer)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
SOUTH BEND DIVISION
WILLIAM A. CRAFT,
Cause No. 3:17-CV-574 JD
OPINION AND ORDER
William A. Craft is attempting to challenge his guilty plea and 6 year sentence for child
molesting by the St. Joseph Superior Court on March 28, 2001, under cause number 71D03-0007CF-295. Habeas Corpus petitions are subject to a strict one year statute of limitations.1 There are
four possible dates from which the limitation period can begin to run. Question 9 asked Craft to
explain why the petition is timely, but he left the answer blank. Nevertheless, nothing in this
petition indicates that State action impeded Craft from filing a habeas corpus petition sooner or
The statute of limitations for habeas corpus cases is set out in 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d) which provides that:
(1) A 1-year period of limitation shall apply to an application for a writ of habeas corpus
by a person in custody pursuant to the judgment of a State court. The limitation period shall
run from the latest of-(A) the date on which the judgment became final by the conclusion of
direct review or the expiration of the time for seeking such review;
(B) the date on which the impediment to filing an application created by
State action in violation of the Constitution or laws of the United States is
removed, if the applicant was prevented from filing by such State action;
(C) the date on which the constitutional right asserted was initially
recognized by the Supreme Court, if the right has been newly recognized
by the Supreme Court and made retroactively applicable to cases on
collateral review; or
(D) the date on which the factual predicate of the claim or claims presented
could have been discovered through the exercise of due diligence.
(2) The time during which a properly filed application for State post-conviction or other
collateral review with respect to the pertinent judgment or claim is pending shall not be
counted toward any period of limitation under this subsection.
that his claims are based on a newly recognized constitutional right or newly discovered facts.
Therefore 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)(1)(B), (C), and (D) are not applicable here. Thus the limitation
period began to run pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)(1)(A) when the conviction became final upon
the expiration of time to pursue direct review.
Here, Craft did not take a direct appeal and the time for doing so expired April 27, 2001.
See Ind. R. App. P. 9.A.(1). The deadline for filing a habeas corpus petition expired a year later on
April 29, 2002. Craft did not sign this habeas corpus petition until June 2017 and it is more than
fifteen years late. Therefore this petition must be dismissed as untimely.
Pursuant to Section 2254 Habeas Corpus Rule 11, the court must consider whether to grant
or deny a certificate of appealability. To obtain a certificate of appealability when the court
dismisses a petition on procedural grounds, the petitioner must show that reasonable jurists would
find it debatable (1) whether the court was correct in its procedural ruling and (2) whether the
petition states a valid claim for denial of a constitutional right. Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473,
484 (2000). Here, there is no basis for finding that jurists of reason would debate the correctness
of this procedural ruling. Thus there is no basis for encouraging him to proceed further. Therefore
a certificate of appealability must be denied. For the same reasons, he may not appeal in forma
pauperis because an appeal could not be taken in good faith.
For the foregoing reasons the court DENIES the habeas corpus petition pursuant to Section
2254 Habeas Corpus Rule 4 because it is untimely, DENIES a certificate of appealability pursuant
to Section 2254 Habeas Corpus Rule 11, and DENIES leave to appeal in forma pauperis pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3). The clerk is DIRECTED to close this case.
ENTERED: July 27, 2017
/s/ JON E. DEGUILIO
United States District Judge
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