MINTER v. SUPERINTENDENT
Entry Discussing Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus and Denying Certificate of Appealability - The petitioner has encountered the hurdle produced by the limitation on filing second or successive habeas petitions without authorization. His petition for a writ of habeas corpus is therefore dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. Judgment consistent with this Entry shall now issue. The court denies a certificate of appealability. SEE ORDER. Copy sent to Petitioner via US Mail. Signed by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on 10/17/2017.(JRB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
TERRE HAUTE DIVISION
GEORGE P. MINTER,
SUPERINTENDENT Wabash Valley
Entry Discussing Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus
and Denying Certificate of Appealability
Petitioner George P. Minter (“Mr. Minter”) is an Indiana state prisoner currently
incarcerated at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. For the reasons explained in this Entry, Mr.
Minter’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus must be denied and the action dismissed for lack of
jurisdiction. In addition, the Court finds that a certificate of appealability should not issue.
The Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus
On May 20, 1994, after a jury trial, Mr. Minter was sentenced to fifty years for attempted
murder, three years for theft, with an additional thirty years habitual offender enhancement.
On July 5, 1995, the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed the petitioner’s convictions on direct
appeal. See Minter v. State, 653 N.E.2d 1382, 1382 (Ind. 1995). On September 10, 1996, the
petitioner filed a petition for post-conviction relief (“PCR”) in state court which was denied
on April 5, 1999. Dkts. 9-1 at 8; 10-12. The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the PCR court
on March 21, 2000, and transfer was denied by the Indiana Supreme Court on May 24, 2000.
Dkts. 9-2; 9-3.
On August 31, 2000, the petitioner’s first habeas corpus petition for this conviction was
filed with the Clerk of this Court, under cause No. TH00-C-0243-M/F. Dkt. 9-5. On March
7, 2001, this Court entered judgment dismissing the petition with prejudice. Id. The petitioner
sought a certificate of appealability of this ruling, which the United States Court of Appeals
for the Seventh Circuit denied. Id.
The petitioner has been unsuccessful in seeking leave to file successive petitions for postconviction relief with the Indiana Court of Appeals, with the most recent denial occurring on
April 28, 2017. Dkt. 9-4. On June 5, 2017 Mr. Minter, proceeding pro se, filed the instant
petition for a writ of habeas corpus. Respondent filed its return to the order to show cause on
August 3, 2017.
In his petition, Mr. Minter raises claims of ineffective assistance of counsel and
fundamental error. The crux of his claims are that, because the police report in his case discussed
recklessness with a deadly weapon, rather than attempted murder, he should not have been charged
with attempted murder. Dkt. 1.
In response to the Court’s show cause order, the respondent argues that the petition must
be denied for lack of jurisdiction because Mr. Minter has not received permission from the Seventh
Circuit Court of Appeals to file a successive habeas petition. Dkt. 9.
The Court lacks jurisdiction over Mr. Minter’s petition, as he has already challenged his
conviction via a prior federal habeas petition. When there has already been a decision on the merits
in a federal habeas action, to obtain another round of federal collateral review a petitioner requires
permission from the Court of Appeals under 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b). See Potts v. United States, 210
F.3d 770 (7th Cir. 2000). This statute, § 2244(b)(3), “creates a ‘gatekeeping’ mechanism for the
consideration of second or successive [habeas] applications in the district court.” Felker v. Turpin,
518 U.S. 651, 657 (1996). It “‘is an allocation of subject-matter jurisdiction to the court of
appeals.’” In re Page, 170 F.3d 659, 661 (7th Cir. 1999) (quoting Nunez v. United States, 96 F.3d
990, 991 (7th Cir. 1996)), opinion supplemented on denial of rehearing en banc, 179 F.3d 1024
(7th Cir. 1999). Therefore, “[a] district court must dismiss a second or successive petition . . .
unless the court of appeals has given approval for the filing.” Id. Accordingly, this Court lacks
jurisdiction over Mr. Minter’s petition and it is therefore dismissed.
“[H]abeas corpus has its own peculiar set of hurdles a petitioner must clear before his claim
is properly presented to the district court.” Keeney v. Tamayo-Reyes 504 U.S. 1, 14 (1992)
(O'Connor, J., dissenting) (internal citations omitted). The petitioner has encountered the hurdle
produced by the limitation on filing second or successive habeas petitions without authorization.
His petition for a writ of habeas corpus is therefore dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.
Judgment consistent with this Entry shall now issue.
Certificate of Appealability
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 22(b), Rule 11(a) of the Rules Governing
§ 2254 proceedings, and 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c), the Court finds that the petitioner has failed to show
that reasonable jurists would find “debatable whether [this court] was correct in its procedural
ruling.” Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000). The Court therefore denies a certificate of
IT IS SO ORDERED.
GEORGE P. MINTER
WABASH VALLEY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY - Inmate Mail/Parcels
6908 S. Old US Hwy 41
P.O. Box 1111
CARLISLE, IN 47838
Justin F. Roebel
INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL
302 West Washington Street,
Indiana Government Center South
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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