Ratcliff v. State of Mississippi
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS of Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker dismissing case with prejudice. A separate Judgment shall be entered. Signed by District Judge Keith Starrett on December 2, 2011 (dsl)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
DOMIANO RATCLIFF, #108176
CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:11cv-37-KS-MTP
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, ET AL
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
This matter is before the Court on Petition of Domiano Ratcliff (“Petitioner”) for
Writ of Habeas Corpus  filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, Respondent’s Motion to
Dismiss  pursuant to § 2244(d), Report and Recommendation of Magistrate Judge
Michael T. Parker  and Objection thereto filed by Petitioner , the Court has
considered the above documents, together with the record herein and applicable law
and being fully advised in the premises, finds as follows:
I. PROCEDURAL HISTORY
On or about November 5, 2004, Petitioner Domiano Ratcliff pled guilty to two counts of
armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault in the Circuit Court of Forrest County,
Mississippi. On November 15, 2004, Ratcliff was sentenced to twenty years for Count I (armed
robbery), twenty years for Count II (armed robbery) with ten years suspended, and twenty years
for Count III (aggravated assault) to run consecutive to the sentence imposed under Count II, for
a total of fifty years.1
Ratcliff filed a Motion to Withdraw Guilty Plea in the Forrest County Circuit Court on or
about October 27, 2006, which the court construed as a Motion for Post-Conviction Collateral
See Petition  at 1; Ex. A to Motion .
Relief.2 The Forrest County Circuit Court denied the motion on March 26, 2009.3 Ratcliff did
not appeal this decision.4
Ratcliff submitted his federal Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus  on or about
February 14, 2011. The Respondents contend that Ratcliff’s Petition was not timely filed and
that it should be dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d). Alternatively, Respondents contend
that Ratcliff’s Petition should be dismissed for failure to exhaust available state court remedies
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254(b).
II. STANDARD OF REVIEW
When a party objects to a Report and Recommendation this Court is required to “make a
de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed findings or
recommendations to which objection is made.” 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). See also Longmire v.
Gust, 921 F.2d 620, 623 (5th Cir. 1991) (Party is “entitled to a de novo review by an Article III
Judge as to those issues to which an objection is made.”) Such review means that this Court will
examine the entire record and will make an independent assessment of the law. The Court is not
required, however, to reiterate the findings and conclusions of the Magistrate Judge. Koetting v.
Thompson, 995 F.2d 37, 40 (5th Cir. 1993) nor need it consider objections that are frivolous,
conclusive or general in nature. Battle v. United States Parole Commission, 834 F.2d 419, 421
(5th Cir. 1997). No factual objection is raised when a petitioner merely reurges arguments
contained in the original petition. Edmond v. Collins, 8 F.3d 290, 293 (5th Cir. 1993).
III. PETITIONER’S OBJECTIONS AND ANALYSIS
See Petition  at 3; Ex. B to Motion .
See Ex. B to Motion .
See Petition  at 5.
Petitioner’s Objections miss the point. The dismissal recommendation by Judge Parker is
based on the applicable statute of limitations, 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d). In his Objections he
addresses the sentence and the fact that his post conviction motion was dismissed. He claims
that his sentence is unfair based on his illiteracy and that the sentence is unconstitutional and that
there is new evidence that would establish actual innocence. He goes into a claim of ineffective
assistance of counsel and talks about the deficiencies and not his trial counsel.
However, the Petitioner misses the point. The statute of limitations has run. The
applicable statute began to run on December 15, 2004. He had until December 15, 2005 to file
his petition and the earliest that it was filed was February 4, 2011. There was no statutory tolling
and he has not established any reason for equitable tolling. Therefore, this Court is without
jurisdiction to hear this case because of the running of the applicable statute. The Court finds
that the petition is barred by the one year statute of limitations under the AEDPA and said
motion  should be dismissed as moot.
As required by 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) this Court has conducted an independent review of
the entire record and a de novo review of the matters raised by the objections. For the reasons
set forth above, this Court concludes that Ratcliff’s objections lack merit and should be
overruled. The Court further concludes that the Report and Recommendation is an accurate
statement of the facts and the correct analysis of the law in all regards. Therefore, the Court
accepts, approves and adopts the Magistrate Judges’s factual findings and legal conclusions
contained in the Report and Recommendation. Accordingly, it is ordered that the United States
Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker’s Report and Recommendation is accepted pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and that Domiano Ratcliff’s claim is dismissed with prejudice. Motion 
is denied as moot.
SO ORDERED this, the 2nd day of December, 2011.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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