Sly v. Stewart
ORDER Dismissing Without Prejudice 1 PETITION for Writ of Habeas Corpus. Signed by District Judge Sean F. Cox. (JMcC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case Number: 17-10402
HON. SEAN F. COX
OPINION AND ORDER DISMISSING PETITION FOR
WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS WITHOUT PREJUDICE
Petitioner April Sly (“Petitioner”), a Michigan state prisoner currently incarcerated
at the Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan, filed a pro se petition
for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. The petition is duplicative of a
petition filed in this Court earlier this year and also assigned to the under-signed district
judge. At the time she filed the first petition, Petitioner also sought a stay of the
proceeding to allow her to exhaust several claims in state court. The Court granted
Petitioner’s motion, stayed the proceeding, and administratively closed the case. See
2/15/17 Order, Case No. 17-10038, ECF No. 4. The stay was conditioned upon Petitioner
presenting her unexhausted claims to the state courts within sixty days and moving to
reopen this proceeding within sixty days of exhausting her state court remedies. Id.
The pending petition challenges the same conviction and raises the same claims
raised in the earlier-filed petition. The Court cannot discern whether the pending petition
is an attempt to reopen the previous proceeding, initiate a new habeas corpus petition, or
was filed in error. Because the petition is duplicative of the earlier-filed petition, the
Court will dismiss the petition without prejudice. See Davis v. U.S. Parole Commission,
No. 88-5905, 1989 WL 25837 (6th Cir. 1989) (a district court may dismiss a habeas
petition when it is duplicative of an earlier-filed petition). To the extent that Petitioner
wishes to abandon her unexhausted claims and proceed with the original petition, she
should file a motion in the original case.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that the petition for a writ of habeas corpus is
DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. Reasonable jurists would not debate the
Court’s conclusion that the petition should be dismissed without prejudice. The Court
therefore DECLINES to grant a certificate of appealability under 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2).
See Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000).
Dated: March 23, 2017
s/Sean F. Cox
Sean F. Cox
U. S. District Judge
I hereby certify that on March 23, 2017, the foregoing document was served on counsel
of record via electronic means and upon April Sly via First Class mail at the address
April Marie Sly 870461
HURON VALLEY COMPLEX - WOMENS
3201 BEMIS ROAD
YPSILANTI, MI 48197
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