Cain v. McCullick
OPINION and ORDER of dismissal without prejudice. Signed by District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds. (CBet)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case Number: 2:17-11319
HON. NANCY G. EDMUNDS
OPINION AND ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE
This is a habeas case filed under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Petitioner Brandon Cain is a
state inmate currently incarcerated at the St. Louis Correctional Facility in St. Louis,
Michigan. Petitioner does not identify the conviction(s) challenged or the claims raised.
The petition will be dismissed without prejudice.
Upon the filing of a habeas corpus petition, the Court must promptly examine the
petition to determine “if it plainly appears from the face of the petition and any exhibits
annexed to it that the petitioner is not entitled to relief.” Rule 4, Rules Governing Section
2254 cases. If the Court determines that the petitioner is not entitled to relief, the Court
shall summarily dismiss the petition. McFarland v. Scott, 512 U.S. 849, 856 (1994)
(“Federal courts are authorized to dismiss summarily any habeas petition that appears
legally insufficient on its face”). A petition may be summarily dismissed where the
allegations are so “vague (or) conclusory” that they do not “point to a real possibility of
constitutional error.” Blackledge v. Allison, 431 U.S. 63, 76 (1977) (internal citations
omitted). “[A] claim for relief in habeas corpus must include reference to a specific
federal constitutional guarantee, as well as a statement of the facts which entitle the
Petitioner to relief.” Gray v. Netherland, 518 U.S. 152, 162-63 (1996) (internal citations
omitted). See also Perez v. Hemingway, 157 F. Supp. 2d 790, 796 (E.D. Mich. 2001) (“A
petition for a writ of habeas corpus must set forth facts that give rise to a cause of action
under federal law or it may summarily be dismissed.”).
The instant petition fails to identify the conviction(s) challenged, the jurisdiction of
conviction, or the claims raised. The Court will not guess what conviction Petitioner
might be challenging or the grounds upon which he seeks relief. The petition will be
dismissed without prejudice.
Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 22 provides that an appeal may not proceed
unless a certificate of appealability (COA) is issued under 28 U.S.C. § 2253. A COA
may be issued “only if the applicant has made a substantial showing of the denial of a
constitutional right.” 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). A petitioner must show “that reasonable
jurists could debate whether (or, for that matter, agree that) the petition should have been
resolved in a different manner or that the issues presented were adequate to deserve
encouragement to proceed further.” Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484, 120 S. Ct.
1595, 1603-04 (2000) (citation omitted). In this case, the Court concludes that reasonable
jurists would not debate the Court’s conclusion that the petition should be dismissed
without prejudice and denies a certificate of appealability.
Accordingly, the petition for a writ of habeas corpus is DISMISSED WITHOUT
PREJUDICE and a certificate of appealability is DENIED.
s/ Nancy G. Edmunds
NANCY G. EDMUNDS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: May 11, 2017
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