Bibbs v. Bunting
Order Adopting Report and Recommendation in its entirety, over the Petitioner's objections(related docs 1 , 17 , 22 ). The Court certifies, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an appeal from this decision could not be taken in good faith, and there is no basis upon which to issue a certificate of appealability. Petitioner's motion for habeas corpus is hereby dismissed because it presents claims that are either defaulted or are not cognizable on federal habeas review. Judge Donald C. Nugent on 9/14/2017(C,KA)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
MARCELUS DELON BIBBS,
JASON BUNTING, Warden,
CASE NO. 1:16 CV 2069
JUDGE DONALD C. NUGENT
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
This matter comes before the Court upon the Report and Recommendation of Magistrate
Judge Kathleen B. Burke. The Report and Recommendation (ECF #17) is hereby ADOPTED.
Petitioner filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2254 on August 17,
2016 challenging the constitutionality of his conviction and sentences. The Petition alleges nine
grounds for relief centered around allegations of ineffective assistance of trial and appellate
counsel, denial of his speedy trial rights, denial of due process of law, and double jeopardy.
(ECF #1). Magistrate Judge Burke found that the petitioner’s claims were procedurally
defaulted and/or otherwise lacked merit. She , therefore, recommended that the Petition be
denied. The Petitioner sought and received three separate extensions of time within which to
file his objections to the to the Magistrate’s Report and Recommendation, and objections were
timely filed within the time granted by the extension. (ECF #18, 20, 21).
The Court has reviewed de novo those portions of the Magistrate Judge’s Report and
Recommendation to which objection has been made. See FED. R. CIV. P. 72(b). The Court
finds Magistrate Judge Burke’s Report and Recommendation to be thorough, well-written,
well-supported, and correct. The Court finds that Petitioner’s objections raise no arguments
(factual or legal) that have not been fully addressed by the Magistrate’s Report and
The Magistrate’s Report and Recommendation fully and correctly addresses all of the
Petitioner’s claims and the Petitioners objections are unwarranted. The Magistrate specifically
explained why Mr. Bibbs’failure to appeal his petition to vacate or his App. R. 26(B) motion
resulted in procedural default of his claims for ineffective assistance of appellate counsel. She
also correctly determined that his ineffective assistance of trial counsel, and speedy trial claims
were defaulted because he did not raise them on direct appeal. Further, the Magistrate correctly
found that the delay in his re-sentencing did not violate federal Constitutional law, and did not
prejudice him in any way. This Court, therefore, adopts the Magistrate’s Report in its entirety,
over the Petitioner’s objections.
The Court certifies, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an appeal from this
decision could not be taken in good faith, and there is no basis upon which to issue a certificate
of appealability. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c); FED. R. APP. P. 22(b). Petitioner’s motion for habeas
corpus is hereby DISMISSED because it presents claims that are either defaulted or are not
cognizable on federal habeas review. IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ Donald C. Nugent
DONALD C. NUGENT
United States District Judge
September 14 , 2017
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