Szymanski v. Renico
ORDER transferring case to USCA for the Sixth Circuit as a successive petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2244(B)(3)(A). Signed by District Judge David M. Lawson. (DPer)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case Number 05-10241
Honorable David M. Lawson
ORDER TRANSFERRING CASE TO THE COURT OF APPEALS AS
A SUCCESSIVE PETITION PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 2244(B)(3)(A)
Petitioner Eugene Szymanski, presently confined at the Pugsley Correctional Facility in
Kingsley, Michigan, filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. The
petitioner previously filed a petition for habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254, which the Court
denied. Because this is a successive petition attempting to obtain relief under section 2254, the
Court must transfer the petition to the court of appeals so that the petitioner may seek permission
to file a second or successive petition.
The petitioner was convicted by a Michigan jury in state court of assault with intent to do
great bodily harm, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possessing a firearm during a felony
(felony firearm). Mich. Comp. Laws §§ 750.84, 750.224f, 750.227b. The petitioner was sentenced
as a fourth-offense habitual offender to terms of 80 to 300 months for the assault conviction, two
to five years for being a felon in possession, and two years for the felony firearm conviction. Those
sentences were affirmed on direct appeal. People v. Szymanski, No. 252378, 2005 WL 562822, at
*4 (Mich. Ct. App. Mar. 10, 2005) (unpublished).
In 2005, the petitioner filed a federal habeas corpus petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. The
Court administratively closed that case while the petitioner exhausted the remedies that were
available to him in state court. The state trial court denied his motion for post-conviction relief in
2008. The Michigan Court of Appeals denied his delayed application for leave to appeal in a
standard order, and the state supreme court declined further review in 2010. The petitioner then
filed an amended habeas corpus petition, which this Court construed as raising eleven separate
challenges to the state convictions. The Court found that those claims all lacked substantive merit
and denied the petition. The Court denied a certificate of appealability on all the claims.
Subsequently, the petitioner applied to the court of appeals for leave to file a second or successive
habeas corpus petition. On April 22, 2015, the Sixth Circuit denied his application. The Sixth
Circuit also denied applications to file a successive habeas corpus petition on January 26, 2016 and
August 30, 2016.
An individual seeking to file a second or successive habeas petition must first ask the court
of appeals for an order authorizing the district court to consider the petition. 28 U.S.C. §
2244(b)(3)(A); Stewart v. Martinez-Villareal, 523 U.S. 637, 641 (1998). Congress has vested in the
court of appeals the function of screening such second or successive petitions. Felker v. Turpin, 518
U.S. 651, 664 (1996). When a habeas petitioner files a second or successive petition for habeas
corpus relief in the district court without preauthorization from the court of appeals, the district court
must transfer the matter to the court of appeals. See 28 U.S.C. § 1631 (directing that “[w]henever
a civil action is filed in a court . . . and that court finds that there is a want of jurisdiction, the court
shall, if it is in the interest of justice, transfer such action . . . to any other such court in which the
action . . . could have been brought at the time it was filed”); In re Sims, 111 F.3d 45, 47 (6th Cir.
1997) (holding that “when a prisoner has sought § 2244(b)(3) permission from the district court, or
when a second or successive petition for habeas corpus relief or § 2255 motion is filed in the district
court without § 2244(b)(3) authorization from this court, the district court shall transfer the
document to this court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1631”).
The Court therefore will transfer the petition to the court of appeals because the petitioner
did not obtain authorization to file a successive petition from the court of appeals before filing his
Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the Clerk of Court shall TRANSFER the petitioner’s
petition for a writ of habeas corpus [dkt. #211] to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth
s/David M. Lawson
DAVID M. LAWSON
United States District Judge
Dated: March 10, 2017
PROOF OF SERVICE
The undersigned certifies that a copy of the foregoing order was served
upon each attorney or party of record herein by electronic means or first
class U.S. mail on March 10, 2017.
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