Morales v. Williams et al
ORDER that this action shall be dismissed without prejudice. FURTHER ORDERED that a certificate of appealability is denied. FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk shall make informal electronic service upon respondents by adding Nevada Attorney General Ad am P. Laxalt as counsel for respondents and directing a notice of electronic filing of this order to his office. The Clerk shall send petitioner a copy of his papers in this action, along with copies of the forms and instructions for an inmate pauper application and habeas petition. The Clerk shall enter final judgment accordingly, dismissing this action without prejudice. Signed by Judge Kent J. Dawson on 3/13/2018. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MMM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
Case No. 2:18-cv-00424-KJD-GWF
STEVEN JAMES MORALES,
B.E. WILLIAMS, et al.,
Petitioner has filed a habeas petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 without properly commencing
the action by paying the filing fee or filing a complete pauper application. Specifically, although
petitioner submitted an application to proceed in forma pauperis, he did not submit the required
financial certificate. LSR 1-2.
It does not appear that a dismissal without prejudice would materially impact the
application of the limitation period in a promptly filed new action or otherwise cause substantial
This improperly commenced action therefore will be dismissed without prejudice.
It therefore is ordered that this action shall be dismissed without prejudice. Petitioner shall
file any new petition, and either pay the filing or fee or submit a complete pauper application, in a
new action only, and shall not file any more documents in this case.
The Nevada Supreme Court filed a disposition in petitioner’s latest postconviction appeal on February 15, 2018. See
http://caseinfo.nvsupremecourt.us/public/caseView.do?csIID=42115 (last visited Mar. 13, 2018); ECF No. 1-1. A
review of the Nevada Supreme Court’s decisions, attached to the petition, indicate that petitioner has had several
postconviction appeals before the Nevada Supreme Court, but all appear to be related to the same initial state
It further is ordered that a certificate of appealability is denied. Jurists of reason would not
find debatable whether the Court was correct in its dismissal of the action without prejudice on
procedural grounds, for the reasons discussed herein.
It further is ordered, pursuant to Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases, that
the Clerk shall make informal electronic service upon respondents by adding Nevada Attorney
General Adam P. Laxalt as counsel for respondents and directing a notice of electronic filing of
this order to his office. No response is required from respondents other than to respond to any
orders of a reviewing court.
The Clerk of Court shall send petitioner a copy of his papers in this action, along with
copies of the forms and instructions for an inmate pauper application and habeas petition.
The Clerk of Court shall enter final judgment accordingly, dismissing this action without
DATED THIS 13 day of ____ 2018.
KENT J. DAWSON
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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