Williams v. Dewine
Memorandum Opinion and Order For the reasons stated in the Order, the 1 Petition is dismissed pursuant to Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Habeas Corpus Cases. 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 that there is no basis on which to issue a certificate of appealability. Signed by Judge Dan Aaron Polster on 6/12/2017. (K,K)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
ANTHONY L. WILLIAMS,
CASE NO. 4:17 CV 972
JUDGE DAN AARON POLSTER
MEMORANDUM OF OPINION
Pro se Petitioner Anthony L. Williams, a state prisoner incarcerated in the Lake Erie
Correctional Institution, has filed a “Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus Under 28 U.S.C.
Section 2241.” (ECF No. 1.) He seeks to challenge on various grounds his conviction in the
Mahoning Count of Common Pleas on charges of aggravated murder with a firearm
specification. He asks that he be “immediately discharged from Confinement.” (Id. at Page ID #
A court must dismiss a habeas corpus petition if “it plainly appears from the petition and
any attached exhibits that the petitioner is not entitled to relief.” Rule 4 of the Rules Governing
Habeas Corpus Cases Under Section 2254 (applicable to §2241 petitions pursuant to Rule 1(b)).
The Petition must be summarily dismissed. The Sixth Circuit has made clear that
“regardless of the label on the statutory underpinning for [a] petition, habeas petitions of state
prisoners are governed by 28 U.S.C. § 2254,” not §2241, and a state habeas petitioner may not
avoid the restrictions imposed upon second and successive §2254 petitions by styling his
petition as one pursuant to §2241. Byrd v. Bagley, 37 F. App'x 94, 95 (6th Cir. 2002).
Accordingly, Petitioner is not entitled to relief under §2241, and prior §2254 petitions he
has filed challenging his Mahoning County conviction have already been dismissed. See e.g.,
Williams v Goodrich, Case No. 4: 15 CV 897 (N.D. Ohio) (Docket Nos. 3 and 4.)
The Petition is dismissed pursuant to Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Habeas Corpus
Cases. 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 that there is no basis on which to issue a certificate of
appealability. Fed. R. App. P. 22(b); 28 U.S.C. §2253.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DAN AARON POLSTER
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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