Rippee v. USA
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER re: 1 MOTION to Vacate, Set Aside or Correct Sentence filed by Petitioner Billy Gene Rippee. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that movant's motion to vacate is DENIED and this case is DISMISSED, without prejudice, because movant has not obtained permission from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit to bring the motion in this Court. See 28 U.S.C. § 2255(h). IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this Court will not issue a certificate of appealability. A separate Order of Dismissal shall accompany this Memorandum and Order. Signed by District Judge Jean C. Hamilton on 11/13/17. (CSG)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
BILLY GENE RIPPEE,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Case No. 1:17-cv-195-JCH
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on movant Billy Gene Rippee’s motion to vacate, set
aside or correct sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255.
Therein, movant claims that the
Supreme Court case Johnson v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2551 (2015) should be applied to his
case to reduce his sentence.
The Court’s records show that movant previously filed a § 2255 motion that was denied
on the merits. See Rippee v. United States, Case No. 1:10-cv-50-JCH (E.D. Mo. Oct. 25, 2012).
As such, the instant motion is a “second or successive motion” within the meaning of 28 U.S.C.
§§ 2244 and 2255. Movant has filed an application for permission to file a successive motion to
vacate in the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Rippee v. United States, Case No. 17-3432
(8th Cir. 2017). As of the date of this Memorandum and Order, that application remains
The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (“AEDPA”) requires that a
second or successive motion must be certified by the appropriate circuit court of appeals before it
may be filed in the district court. 28 U.S.C. § 2255(h). The requirement that prisoners obtain
authorization from the appropriate circuit court before filing a second or successive petition in
the district court is jurisdictional.
Burton v. Stewart, 127 S. Ct. 793, 796 (2007). “Federal
courts are courts of limited jurisdiction. The requirement that jurisdiction be established as a
threshold matter springs from the nature and limits of the judicial power of the United States and
is inflexible and without exception.” Kessler v. Nat’l Enterprises, Inc., 347 F.3d 1076, 1081 (8th
Cir. 2003) (quotation marks omitted). As such, the instant action will be dismissed without
prejudice to refiling if, and when, movant obtains permission from the Eighth Circuit to do so.
The Court has considered whether to issue a certificate of appealability. To do so, the
Court must find a substantial showing of the denial of a federal constitutional right.
Tiedeman v. Benson, 122 F.3d 518, 522 (8th Cir. 1997). A substantial showing is a showing that
issues are debatable among reasonable jurists, a Court could resolve the issues differently, or the
issues deserve further proceedings. Cox v. Norris, 133 F.3d 565, 569 (8th Cir. 1997) (citing
Flieger v. Delo, 16 F.3d 878, 882–83 (8th Cir. 1994)). Because movant has made no such
showing, the Court will not issue a certificate of appealability.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that movant’s motion to vacate is DENIED and this case is
DISMISSED, without prejudice, because movant has not obtained permission from the United
States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit to bring the motion in this Court. See 28 U.S.C. §
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this Court will not issue a certificate of appealability.
A separate Order of Dismissal shall accompany this Memorandum and Order.
Dated this 13th day of November, 2017.
/s/ Jean C. Hamilton
JEAN C. HAMILTON
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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