Mathis v. United States of America
OPINION AND ORDER [TRANSFERRING CASE AS SUCCESSIVE PETITION]: Since Petitioner has already filed a prior motion under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 challenging the same conviction, this Court cannot consider the instant petition. Accordingly, in th e interest of justice, the Clerk of Court shall transfer this motion to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1631. This order closes this case. If the Second Circuit authorizes petitioner to proceed in this matter, he shall move to reopen under this docket number. SO ORDERED by Judge Allyne R. Ross, on 4/10/2014. C/mailed by Chambers to pro se Petitioner. (Forwarded to Appeals Department.) (Latka-Mucha, Wieslawa)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
MELSON RAHEEN MATHIS,
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
NOT FOR PRINT OR
ROSS, United States District Judge:
Pro se petitioner Melson Raheen Mathis brings the instant motion challenging the
conviction and sentence entered in this Court on December 7, 2005. Since Petitioner has already
filed a prior motion under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 challenging the same conviction, this Court cannot
consider the instant petition. The petition is hereby transferred to the United States Court of
Appeals for the Second Circuit, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1631.
On November 29, 2005, petitioner was sentenced in this court to 282 months of
incarceration for the crimes of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute
heroin, in violation of21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(l), 841(b)(l)(A), and 846, and use of a firearm in
relation to a drug trafficking crime, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c). United States v. Mathis,
02-CR-891 (ARR). The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the
conviction on November 29, 2007. United States v. Lytch, 255 F. App'x 600 (2d Cir. 2007). The
United States Supreme Court denied his petition for a writ of certiorari on March 24, 2008.
Mathis v. United States, 552 U.S. 1288 (2008).
On March 9, 2009, petitioner challenged his 2005 conviction and sentence by filing a
petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. The petition was denied on the
merits by Opinion and Order dated June 23, 2009. See Mathis v. United States, 09-CV-
1 lOl(ARR), a1meal dismissed, No. 09-3379-pr (2d Cir.) (Issued as Mandate, May 6, 2010). A
subsequent petition challenging the conviction was dismissed on August 26, 2010. See Mathis v.
United States, No. 10-CV-337 (ARR), 2010 WL 3463141 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 26, 2010) (finding the
petition to be time-barred and lacking in merit), appeal dismissed, No. 10-3703-pr (2d Cir.)
(Issued as Mandate, April 20, 2011 ).
Petitioner filed the instant motion to vacate pursuant to§ 2255 on April 4, 2014,
challenging his sentence in light of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Alleyne v. United
States, - U.S.-, 133 S.Ct. 2151 (2013).
Title 28, Section 2255 of the United States Code provides: "A prisoner in custody under
sentence of a court established by Act of Congress claiming the right to be released upon the
ground that the sentence was imposed in violation of the Constitution or laws of the United
States, or that the court was without jurisdiction to impose such sentence, . . . may move the
court which imposed the sentence to vacate, set aside or correct the sentence." 28 U.S.C. §
2255(a). The section contains several gatekeeping provisions, including strict requirements for
bringing successive petitions:
A second or successive motion must be certified as provided in section 2244
by a panel of the appropriate court of appeals to contain (1) newly discovered
evidence that, if proven and viewed in light of the evidence as a whole, would
be sufficient to establish by clear and convincing evidence that no reasonable
factfinder would have found the movant guilty of the offense; or (2) a new rule
of constitutional law, made retroactive to cases on collateral review by the
Supreme Court, that was previously unavailable.
28 U.S.C. § 2255(h). Thus, only the Court of Appeals, and not the District Court, may certify
whether a second or successive petition "presents a claim not previously raised that is sufficient
to meet§ 2244(b)(2)'s new-rule or actual-innocence provisions." Gonzalez v. Crosby, 545 U.S.
524, 530 (2005).
Accordingly, in the interest of justice, the Clerk of Court shall transfer this motion to the
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1631. See Liriano
v. United States, 95 F.3d 119 (2d Cir. 1996) (w curiam). This order closes this case. If the
Second Circuit authorizes petitioner to proceed in this matter, he shall move to reopen under this
/S/ Judge Allyne R. Ross
Dated: Brooklyn, New York
April 10, 2014
Melson Raheen Mathis
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box# 6001
Ashland, KY 41105
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