Wilson v. Peart et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER that Harold Wilson will have 30 days from the date of this Memorandum and Order to file an amended petition for writ of habeas corpus. The clerk's office is directed to set a pro se case management deadline for 12/1/14: dea dline for Wilson to file an amended petition for writ of habeas corpus. The clerk's office is directed to send Wilson the Form AO241, Petition for Relief from a Conviction or Sentence by a Person in State Custody. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (Copy mailed to pro se party as directed) (JSF)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
HAROLD B. WILSON,
MARIO PEART, and STATE OF
NEBRASKA, et al,
Petitioner Harold B. Wilson (“Wilson”) has filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus
(“Petition”) pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. On August 1, 2014, the court ordered Wilson to
show cause why this case should not be dismissed as barred by the statute of limitations set
forth in 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)(2). (See Filing No. 6.) The court also noted the following in
[T]he sole argument Wilson clearly raises in his petition—that the Nebraska
Court of Appeals erred in dismissing his appeal for lack of jurisdiction
pursuant to Nebraska Court Rules of Appellate Procedure—is not cognizable
in a habeas corpus action. The text of 28 U.S.C. § 2254 states that a court may
entertain an application for a writ of habeas corpus “only on the ground that
[the petitioner] is in custody in violation of the Constitution or laws or treaties
of the United States.” 28 U.S.C. § 2254(a). Wilson argues in his habeas corpus
petition that a state court wrongly applied its own rules of procedure. Such an
argument does not allege a violation of the Constitution or laws or treaties of
the United States.
(Filing No. 6 at CM/ECF p. 4.) Indeed, upon further review of Wilson’s petition, the court
notes that Wilson set forth the procedural history of his state criminal and post-conviction
proceedings in his petition, but did not clearly set forth his claims for habeas corpus relief.
On September 8, 2014, Wilson filed a response to the court’s order. Liberally
construed, Wilson argues he is entitled to statutory and equitable tolling of the statute of
limitations period. He also argues that he can overcome the expiration of the limitations
period by making a showing of actual innocence. (See Filing No. 7.)
The court makes no findings with respect to the timeliness of Wilson’s petition at this
time. Rather, on the court’s own motion, Wilson will be given 30 days to file an amended
petition that presents cognizable claims for relief. Wilson’s amended petition for writ of
habeas corpus must clearly set forth every ground on which he believes he is being held in
violation of the Constitution, laws, or treaties of the United States. The court encourages
Wilson to present his grounds using a Form AO 241, Petition for Relief From a Conviction
or Sentence by a Person in State Custody. The court will direct the clerk’s office to provide
Wilson with such a form.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that:
Wilson will have 30 days from the date of this Memorandum and Order to file
an amended petition for writ of habeas corpus that presents cognizable claims for relief.
Failure to file an amended petition for writ of habeas corpus may result in dismissal of this
matter without further notice.
The clerk’s office is directed to set a pro se case management deadline in this
case using the following text: December 1, 2014: deadline for Wilson to file an amended
petition for writ of habeas corpus.
The clerk’s office is directed to send to Wilson the Form AO 241, Petition for
Relief From a Conviction or Sentence By a Person in State Custody.
DATED this 28th day of October, 2014.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Joseph F. Bataillon
Senior United States District Judge
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