Davis v. Bauman
ORDER transferring case to USCA for the Sixth Circuit. Signed by District Judge Arthur J. Tarnow. (DPer)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
EARVIN R. DAVIS, #227488,
CASE NO. 2:16-CV-13634
HONORABLE ARTHUR J. TARNOW
ORDER TRANSFERRING CASE TO THE UNITED STATES
COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
Michigan prisoner Earvin R. Davis (“Petitioner”) has filed a pro se petition for
a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 challenging his state criminal
conviction and sentence. Petitioner pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the
Wayne County Circuit Court and was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1992.
Petitioner admits that he has previously and unsuccessfully sought federal habeas
Under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (“AEDPA”),
codified at 28 U.S.C. § 2241 et seq., a person seeking to file a “second or successive”
habeas petition must ask the appropriate court of appeals for an order directing the
district court to consider the petition. See 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b)(3)(A); Stewart v.
Martinez-Villareal, 523 U.S. 637, 641 (1998); In re Wilson, 142 F.3d 939, 940 (6th
Cir. 1998). This requirement transfers to the court of appeals a screening function
which the district court previously performed. Felker v. Turpin, 518 U.S. 651, 664
Petitioner previously filed a federal habeas petition challenging the same state
conviction and sentence raising a claim concerning the lack of legal counsel at his
arraignment, which was denied and dismissed with prejudice. See Davis v. Bauman,
No. 4:16-CV-10349 (E.D. Mich. May 17, 2016) (Parker, J.).
Petitioner dated the instant habeas petition on September 28, 2016 and it was
filed by the Court on October 4, 2016. He raises claims concerning the validity of his
sentence and the available state court procedures to challenge it, the voluntariness of
his police statements, and the lack of legal counsel at his arraignment. Petitioner,
however, has not obtained appellate authorization to file a second or successive habeas
petition as required by 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b)(3)(A).
The Court ORDERS the Clerk of the Court to transfer this case to the United
States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 16311 and Sims
28 U.S.C. § 1631 provides in pertinent part:
Whenever 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 . . .
v. Terbush, 111 F.3d 45, 47 (6th Cir. 1997) (“when a prisoner has sought § 2244(b)(3)
permission from the district court, or when a second or successive petition for habeas
corpus relief . . . 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”).
s/Arthur J. Tarnow
ARTHUR J. TARNOW
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: October 18, 2016
could have been brought at the time it was filed . . . , and the action . . . shall
proceed as if it had been filed in . . . the court to which it is transferred on
the date upon which it was actually filed in . . . the court from which it was
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