Bird v. Klee
OPINION AND ORDER DISMISSING PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS WITHOUT PREJUDICE, DENYING CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY AND DENYING PERMISSION TO APPEAL IN FORMA PAUPERIS. Signed by District Judge Victoria A. Roberts. (CPin)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 2:17-cv-10028
Hon. Victoria A. Roberts
OPINION AND ORDER DISMISSING PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS
WITHOUT PREJUDICE, DENYING CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY, AND
DENYING PERMISSION TO APPEAL IN FORMA PAUPERIS
Petitioner, Dennis Bird, is in state custody at the Gus Harrison Regional Facility, in Adrian,
Michigan. His imprisonment results from his Kent County Circuit Court jury trial conviction of
multiple counts of first and second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Bird filed this pro se petition
for writ of habeas corpus, challenging the decision of a Lenawee County Circuit Court order denying
his state petition for a writ of habeas corpus which challenged the validity of his Kent County
convictions. See Dkt. 1, at Page ID 62. Prior to filing the present petition, Bird filed a petition
directly challenging these same convictions. See Bird v. Klee, No. 2:16-cv-12973.
“[A] suit is duplicative if the claims, parties, and available relief do not significantly differ
between the two actions.” Serlin v. Arthur Andersen & Co., 3 F.3d 221, 223 (7th Cir. 1993) (internal
quotation marks and citations omitted). A district court may dismiss a habeas petition when it is
duplicative of a pending habeas petition. See Davis v. U.S. Parole Com’n, 870 F.2d 657, 1989 WL
25837 (6th Cir. 1989); Marks v. Wolfenbarger, No. 2:06-cv-14325, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71937,
2006 WL 2850340, *1 (E.D. Mich. Oct. 3, 2006) (same); Fuson v. Harry, No. 06-13211-BC, 2006
U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87993, 2006 WL 2421639, *1 (E.D. Mich. Aug. 22, 2005) (same). This petition
appears to be duplicative of the earlier-filed petition because both cases seek Petitioner’s release
from custody on the grounds that his Kent County convictions are invalid. The present case shall
therefore be dismissed. To the extent that Petitioner is attempting to raise new substantive claims
challenging his conviction, he may move to file an amended petition in his earlier-filed case.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that the petition [Dkt. No. 1] is DISMISSED WITHOUT
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a certificate of appealability and permission to appeal
this order in forma pauperis are DENIED because this order is not reasonably debatable and any
appeal would be frivolous. See 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2); 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).
S/Victoria A. Roberts
United States District Judge
Dated: January 17, 2017
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