Wagner v. Lombardi
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER -...IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 is DENIED, and this action is DISMISSED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Court will not issue a certificate of appealability. An Order of Dismissal will be filed separately.. Signed by District Judge Charles A. Shaw on 1/4/2016. (MRC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
No. 4:15-CV-1438 CAS
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Joseph Wagner petitions the Court for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 2254. The petition is barred by the limitations period and is denied. See 28 U.S.C. § 2254
Rule 4; Day v. McDonough, 547 U.S. 198, 210 (2006) (permitting sua sponte dismissal of
untimely petitions after fair notice).
Petitioner challenges the judgments imposed in cases Missouri v. Wagner, 07U1CR00261-01 (Audrain County), and Missouri v. Wagner, 11AU-CR00420-01 (Audrain County).
In the 2007 case, the court sentenced petitioner on February 2, 2009, to five years’
imprisonment. The court suspended the execution of the sentence. Petitioner did not file an
In the 2011 case, the court sentenced petitioner on July 19, 2011, to fifteen years’
However, the court ordered that petitioner only serve 120 days of shock
incarceration at that time. Petitioner did not file an appeal.
Wagner filed a petition for writ of prohibition in the Missouri Court of Appeals for the
Eastern District on May, 20, 2013. Ex rel. Wagner v. Dalton, No. ED99978 (Mo. Ct. App.). The
court dismissed the petition without discussion on May 23, 2013.
He subsequently filed a petition for writ of prohibition in the Missouri Supreme Court on
October 8, 2013, which the court summarily denied on November 26, 2013. Ex rel. Wagner v.
Dalton, No. SC93714 (Mo. banc).
He filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus on December 27, 2013, which the court
dismissed on April 30, 2015, as procedurally barred and meritless. Wagner v. Cassady, No.
Wagner filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus in the Missouri Court of Appeals for the
Western District on June 12, 2015, which the court summarily denied on June 16, 2015. In re
Wagner v. Cassady, No. WD78706 (Mo. Ct. App).
Wagner filed the instant petition on or about September 17, 2015. In his petition he
argues that a conspiracy existed between the prosecutor, the trial court, the public defender, and
the appellate court to falsely accuse him and imprison him for a crime he did not commit.
Under Rule 2(e) of the Rules Governing § 2254 cases, a petitioner must bring separate
petitions for separate judgments of a state court. Therefore, the petition is defective for this
reason. Furthermore, the petition is barred by the limitations period.
Under 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d):
(1) A 1-year period of limitation shall apply to an application for a writ of habeas
corpus by a person in custody pursuant to the judgment of a State court. The
limitation period shall run from the latest of--
(A) the date on which the judgment became final by the conclusion
of direct review or the expiration of the time for seeking such
(2) The time during which a properly filed application for State post-conviction or
other collateral review with respect to the pertinent judgment or claim is pending
shall not be counted toward any period of limitation under this subsection.
Missouri v. Wagner, 07U1-CR00261-01 (Audrain County)
In the 2007 case, petitioner was sentenced on February 2, 2009, but his sentence was
suspended. Under Missouri law a suspended execution of sentence is an entry of judgment,
because the sentence has been assessed and only the act of executing the sentence has been
suspended. E.g., Missouri v. Nelson, 9 S.W.3d 687, 688 (Mo. Ct. App. 1999).
The time for
filing a direct appeal of the judgment expired ten days after the judgment was entered. Id.; Mo.
Sup. Ct. R. 30.01(d). As a result, petitioner’s judgment in this case became final on February 12,
2009. The limitations period for filing a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254
expired on February 12, 2010. As a result, any habeas claims related to this judgment are timebarred.
Missouri v. Wagner, 11AU-CR00420-01 (Audrain County)
Petitioner was sentenced in the 2011 case on July 19, 2011. Because he did not file an
appeal, his judgment became final on July 29, 2011. Wagner did not file his first writ of
prohibition until May, 20, 2013, and therefore, the limitations period for filing a writ of habeas
corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 expired on July 29, 2012. As a result, any habeas claims
related to this judgment are also time-barred.
Finally, petitioner has failed to demonstrate that jurists of reason would find it debatable
whether the petition is untimely.
appealability. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c).
Consequently, the Court will not issue a certificate of
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 2254 is DENIED, and this action is DISMISSED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Court will not issue a certificate of appealability.
An Order of Dismissal will be filed separately.
CHARLES A. SHAW
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 4th
day of January, 2016
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