Edwards v. Bowersox
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER... IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the petition is DENIED without prejudice. An Order of Dismissal will be filed separately. Signed by District Judge Ronnie L. White on 5/18/2015. (NEB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
MICHAEL S. BOWERSOX,
No. 4:15CV508 TCM
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Curtis Edwards seeks a petition for writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254.
However, when he filed this action he had not properly exhausted his available state remedies.
As a result, this action is dismissed without prejudice.
Under § 2254(b)(1 )(A), a petition for writ of habeas corpus cannot be granted unless "the
applicant has exhausted the remedies available in the courts of the State." Petitioner' s state
postconviction case was Edwards v. Missouri, No. 13SL-CC04356 (St. Louis County). When
petitioner filed this action, on March 16, 2015, that case was still pending. Id. (accessed at
https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/base/welcome.do). 1 Petitioner believed that the case was
dismissed on September 19, 2014. However, his state postconviction motion was not dismissed
until April 6, 2015. Id. The docket sheet does not reflect whether petitioner filed a notice of
appeal. It does reflect, however, that petitioner's attorney filed a motion for leave to proceed in
forma pauperis on May 13, 2015. So, it is possible that a notice of appeal will be filed.
The question of whether a state habeas petitioner has exhausted his available state court
remedies is determined at the time the petition is filed in federal court.
See Beaulieu v.
The Court may take judicial notice of the state court' s file. See Levy v. Ohl, 477 F.3d 988, 991
(8th Cir. 2007).
Minnesota, 583 F.3d 570, 573 (8th Cir. 2009).
Because petitioner had not exhausted his
available state remedies at the time the instant case was filed, the Court will dismiss this action
without prejudice to refiling when his claims are exhausted.
FiI)ally, the Court does not believe that jurists of reason could debate whether the petition
was exhausted at the time it was filed.
Therefore, the Court will not issue a certificate of
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the petition is DENIED without prejudice.
An Order of Dismissal will be filed separately.
this~y of May, 2015 .
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