Williams v. Steele
MEMORANDUM: This matter is before the Court on the petition of Michael Williams for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ' 2254. Because the petition is successive, it will be summarily dismissed. Signed by District Judge Carol E. Jackson on 11/30/2015. (KMS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
No. 4:15CV1742 CEJ
This matter is before the Court on the petition of Michael Williams for a writ of habeas
corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ' 2254. Because the petition is successive, it will be summarily
In 1991, a jury found petitioner guilty of murder and armed criminal action. See e.g., State
v. Williams, 853 S.W.2d 371 (Mo. App. 1993). In 1994, petitioner filed a petition for writ of
habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ' 2254. Williams v. Delo, Case No. 4:94CV1054 ELF (E.D.
Mo.). This Court denied petitioner ' 2254 relief. Id. The denial of petitioner=s ' 2254 petition was
affirmed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Williams v. Bowersox, No. 96-2050 (8th Cir.
March 4, 1997). On May 16, 2007, petitioner filed a second, or successive, petition for writ of
habeas corpus under ' 2254. Williams v. Smith, Case No. 4:07CV987 CEJ (E.D. Mo.). This Court
transferred petitioner=s application for writ of habeas corpus to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
so that petitioner could seek permission to file a successive habeas petition. The Court of Appeals
denied petitioner=s petition for authorization to file a successive habeas application on April 3,
2008. Williams v. Smith, No. 07-3893 (8th Cir. April 3, 2008). Petitioner again filed a successive
petition in this Court on June 9, 2008, which was denied and dismissed on June 18, 2008. See
Williams v. Larkins, Case No. 4:08CV831 CEJ (E.D.Mo.).
Rule 4 of the Rules Governing ' 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts provides
that a district court shall summarily dismiss a ' 2254 petition if it plainly appears that the petitioner
is not entitled to relief. In the instant action, petitioner again asserts that his convictions are
unconstitutional. However, there is no evidence that he has obtained authoriztion from the Eighth
Circuit Court of Appeals to bring this action. To the extent that petitioner seeks to relitigate
claims that he raised in his original petition, those claims must be denied pursuant to 28 U.S.C. '
2244(b)(1). With respect to any new claims for habeas relief, petitioner must obtain leave from
the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit before he can bring those claims in this
Court. 28 U.S.C. ' 2244(b)(3)(A).
An Order of Dismissal will accompany this Memorandum.
Dated this 30th day of November, 2015.
CAROL E. JACKSON
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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