Thompson v. Booker
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the motion of petitioner Douglas W. Thompson to recall the mandate or for relief pursuant to Rule 60(b) [Doc. # 40 ] is denied. Signed by District Judge Carol E. Jackson on 5/23/16. (JAB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
DOUGLAS W. THOMPSON,
J. W. BOOKER,
Case No. 4:01-CV-1357 (CEJ)
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on petitioner’s motion to recall the mandate or for
relief pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 60(b).
On August 15, 2001, petitioner Douglas Thompson filed a petition for a writ of
habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 in the United States District Court for the
District of Kansas. The petition, which sought relief from a 1961 murder conviction in
Butler County, Missouri, was subsequently transferred to this district. On March 7, 2002,
the Court denied the petition as time-barred under 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d). Petitioner moved
for relief pursuant to Rule 60(b), Fed.R.Civ.P., arguing in part that the delay was
attributable to the actions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That motion was
On December 11, 2002, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the denial
of habeas relief.
On April 26, 2004, petitioner filed a motion for relief from judgment, asserting he
was entitled to application of the equitable tolling doctrine.
The Court summarily denied
relief on April 28, 2004; the Eighth Circuit summarily affirmed on August 19, 2004. On
July 11 and July 28, 2005, petitioner again filed motions for relief from judgment, relying
upon the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Gonzalez v. Crosby, 545 U.S.
524, 538 (2005) (holding that a Rule 60(b)(6) motion in a § 2254 case is not a
successive habeas petition if it does not assert, or reassert, claims of error in the
movant’s state conviction). The Court denied petitioner’s motions on August 25, 2005,
and the Eighth Circuit again affirmed on April 28, 2006.
In his present motion, petitioner asserts that the state courts have wrongfully
refused to grant him relief on his claims that his conviction was based on perjury,
suppressed evidence, and improper jury instructions. He seeks relief pursuant to
Montgomery v. Louisiana, 136 S. Ct. 718 (2016), as revised (Jan. 27, 2016), which he
asserts requires states to provide relief on post-conviction procedures to “all” substantive
constitutional rulings. In Montgomery, the Supreme Court addressed the retroactivity of a
specific rule — the rule announced in Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. ––––, 132 S. Ct. 2455
(2012), that a juvenile convicted of a homicide offense cannot be sentenced to life in
prison without parole absent consideration of the juvenile’s special circumstances.
Contrary to petitioner’s assertion, Montgomery did not make all constitutional rules
Petitioner is not entitled to the relief he seeks.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the motion of petitioner Douglas W. Thompson to
recall the mandate or for relief pursuant to Rule 60(b) [Doc. #40] is denied.
CAROL E. JACKSON
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 23rd day of May, 2016.
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