Taylor v. State of Mississippi et al
ORDER transferring petition to U.S. Court of Appeals - 5th Circuit to determine if petitioner is allowed to file successive habeas petition in this court. CASE CLOSED. Signed by District Judge Sharion Aycock on 3/7/17. (rel)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, ET AL.
ORDER TRANSFERRING CASE TO THE
FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS
This matter comes before the court on the motion  by the State to dismiss the instant
petition for a writ of habeas corpus as successive under 28 U.S.C. § 2254(b)(3). Thomas Taylor
has submitted a petition for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. The petitioner was
convicted in Lowndes County for capital rape on February 11, 1998. The petitioner has filed at
least one other unsuccessful 2254 motion concerning the same conviction which he now seeks to
challenge. Taylor v. Booker, 1:00CV297-S-D (N.D. Miss.) (order and final judgment of January
7, 2002). The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act requires that before a district court
files a second or successive petition, “the applicant shall move in the appropriate court of appeals
for an order authorizing the district court to consider the application.” The petitioner has not
obtained such an order. Rather than dismissing the petition on this basis, the Fifth Circuit permits
district courts to transfer the petition for consideration pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ' 2244(a) and
(b)(3)(c). See In re Epps, 127 F.3d 364, 365 (5th Cir. 1997). Therefore, in the interest of justice
and judicial economy, it is ORDERED:
1) That this petition will be transferred to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for the
petitioner to seek leave to file this successive § 2254 petition;
2) That the Clerk of Court is directed to transfer this petition and the entire record to the
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in accordance with 28 U.S.C. ' 2244(a) and (b)(3)(c), and In re
Epps, 127 F.3d at 365;
3) That in light of this order the pending motion  by the State to dismiss the instant case
as successive is DISMISSED as moot;
4) That, likewise, the pending motion by the petitioner for copies of documents is
DISMISSED as moot; and
5) That this case is CLOSED.
SO ORDERED, this, the 9th day of March, 2017.
/s/ Sharion Aycock
U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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