Jones v. City of Prentiss et al
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS re 11 Report and Recommendations as the finding of the Court; plaintiff's claim is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. Petitioner's Motion to Stay Conviction 10 is denied; Petitioner's second Motion to Stay Conviction 13 is denied. Signed by District Judge Keith Starrett on 3/10/2017. [Copy of Order mailed to Petitioner] (LDR)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
ERIC DE’JAUN JONES
CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:16-cv-23- KS-JCG
CITY OF PRENTISS, CHIEF JOE BULLOCK,
and MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN
ORDER ACCEPTING MAGISTRATE JUDGE’S RECOMMENDATION
AND DISMISSING CASE WITH PREJUDICE ETC.
This cause is before the Court on Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed pursuant to
28 U.S.C. § 2254 , filed by Eric De’Jaun Jones (Petitioner) and a “Motion to Stay Conviction
and Sentence Enforcement of Respondents pursuant to F.R.C.P. Rule 62 and for F.R.C.P. Rule
57 Declaratory Judgment”.  and on Motion to Dismiss  filed by Respondents. The Court
has considered the Report and Recommendation  of Magistrate Judge John C. Gargiulo
along with the above described documents and the record herein and finds that the Motion to
Dismiss  should be Granted and the Motion to Stay Conviction and Sentence Enforcement of
Respondents pursuant to F.R.C.P. Rule 62 and F.R.C.P. Rule 57 Declaratory Judgment  be
Denied and that Jones’ 28 U.S.C. §2254 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus be Dismissed with
Prejudice as procedurally defaulted.
I. PROCEDURAL HISTORY
On December 18, 2015, Jones was convicted of simple assault in the Municipal Court of
Prentiss, Mississippi (8-1). He was ordered to pay a fine of $175.00 and assessments of $125.25
within 30 days of the Order and was further sentenced to serve 60 days in the Jefferson Davis
County jail which was suspended upon compliance and with 6 months of non-reporting
Probation. Jones did not appeal his conviction or sentence. In the instant Petition Jones
challenges his conviction and sentence for simple assault. Judge Gargiulo gleaned from his
Petition the five grounds applicable to the simple assault conviction and they are as follows:
Jones was arrested without a warrant, and the affidavit was
Jones was improperly convicted and sentenced because Jones’
mother is guilty of the simple assault, the judge was biased, and
the judge used handwritten notes rather than a court reporter.
Law enforcement is suppressing or refusing to investigate
Exculpatory and mitigating evidence.
Unknown officials are “stagging” encounters to provoke Jones.
These officials may be involved in in the Ku Klux Klan and
Conspiring to cause harm to Jones.
Jones was denied an opportunity to appeal because the Circuit
Clerk required him to pay a $300.00 filing fee, which he could
Jones filed an Objection to the Report and Recommendation  which the Court is also
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
In his Objection Petitioner rambles through a number of issues including failure to train,
arrest without a warrant, trial de novo, in forma pauperis status and other issues that could not be
read by the Court. However, he does not address the issue of procedural default. He also does not
address the fact that he is no longer in custody and fails to state a claim upon which relief may be
granted. As to his simple assault conviction, his claims are procedurally defaulted because he did
not appeal his conviction and a return to the State Court would be fruitless since he has
procedurally defaulted his claims for purposes of Federal Habeas review. The Court finds that he
does not meet any of the criteria for the two narrow exceptions, cause and actual prejudice or
miscarriage of justice, and the Court finds that the Petition is without merit and should be
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 Jones’ objections lack merit and should be overruled. The
Court further concludes that the proposed 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 John C. Gargiulo’s
Report and Recommendation is accepted pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and that Eric
De’Jaun Jones’ claim is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE Also the Motion to Stay Conviction,
etc.  should be DENIED and Petitioner’s second Motion to Stay Conviction  also should
SO ORDERED this the
day of March, 2017.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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