Henson v. Warden, Lebanon Correctional Institution
ORDER adopting Report and Recommendation re 30 Report and Recommendation denying 29 Motion to Amend/Correct. Signed by Judge Michael R. Barrett on 6/20/17. (ba)(This document has been sent by regular mail to the party(ies) listed in the NEF that did not receive electronic notification.)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
CASE NO.: 1:12cv602
OPINION AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on the Report and Recommendations (“R&R”) of the
Magistrate Judge. (Doc. 30). Petitioner filed a response to the R&R, which the Court treats as
objections. (Doc. 32).
The procedural background and the pertinent facts have been thoroughly and adequately
summarized in the Magistrate Judge’s previous R&Rs (Docs. 11, 23, 30), and thus, will not be
However, the Court will identify the facts relevant to its decision when
addressing Petitioner's objections below.
STANDARD OF REVIEW
When objections to a magistrate judge's report and recommendation are received on a
dispositive matter, the assigned district judge "must determine de novo any part of the magistrate
judge's disposition that has been properly objected to." Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b)(3). After review,
the district judge "may accept, reject, or modify the recommended disposition; receive further
evidence; or return the matter to the magistrate judge with instructions." Id.; see also 28 U.S.C.
§ 636(b)(1). General objections are insufficient to preserve any issues for review: "[a] general
objection to the entirety of the magistrate [judge]’s report has the same effects as would a failure
to object." Howard v. Sec'y of Health & Human Servs., 932 F.2d 505, 509 (6th Cir. 1991).
On August 9, 2012, Petitioner filed his Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus.
Magistrate Judge recommended his Petition be dismissed with prejudice as time-barred (Doc.
11). Petitioner was, however, granted a certificate of appealability limited to the question of
whether he was entitled to equitable tolling of the AEDPA one-year statute of limitations.
(Docs. 20, 25). On appeal, the Court affirmed denial of equitable tolling. Henson v. Warden,
Case No. 13-4322 (6th Cir. July 29, 2015).
Petitioner filed his Motion to Amend/Correct Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus at issue
herein well over a year after the Sixth Circuit affirmed this Court’s Order. (Doc. 29). The
Magistrate Judge recommends denying Petitioner’s motion, reaching two related conclusions.
First, the Magistrate Judge found Petitioner was not presenting a new ground for relief; rather, he
argues the Court erred in not finding equitable tolling appropriate. Thus, the Magistrate Judge
concluded Petitioner’s motion should be treated as a motion for relief from judgment under
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b). Second, the Magistrate Judge concluded Petitioner’s
motion was untimely.
Petitioner objects, arguing he does present a new ground for relief.
As best the
undersigned can tell, Petitioner appears to argue the extraordinary circumstances present are that
he is older now, with a better understanding of the legal system and thus, better able to represent
He also asserts because he filed something at least once per year, he should be
permitted leave to amend his petition. Finally, he blames previous counsel and the clerk’s office
for the “procedural bar.” (Doc. 32, PageID 1340).
Having reviewed the issue de novo, the undersigned agrees with the Magistrate Judge that
Petitioner has not presented a new ground for relief. Rather, he again argues he is entitled to
equitable tolling as a result of the extraordinary circumstances now present. 1 To the contrary,
none of the “circumstances” Petitioner argues are present constitute extraordinary circumstances.
Regardless, because Petitioner does not present a new ground for relief, the Magistrate Judge
properly treated Petitioner’s motion as a Rule 60(b) motion.
Relevant to this motion, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(c) states as follows: “[a]
motion under Rule 60(b) must be made . . . no more than a year after the entry of judgment or
order or the date of the proceeding.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(c). Because judgment was entered on
October 29, 2013, Petitioner’s November 3, 2016 motion is untimely. Petitioner’s lack of
awareness with respect to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure does not excuse his untimeliness.
Accordingly, consistent with the foregoing, Petitioner’s objections (Doc. 32) are
OVERRULED and the Magistrate Judge’s R&R (Doc. 30) is ADOPTED IN ITS ENTIRETY.
This matter shall remain closed on the docket of the Court.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ Michael R. Barrett
Michael R. Barrett, Judge
United States District Court
It bears mentioning that while Petitioner accuses the Clerk’s office of backdating motions, there is no evidence to
support such egregious accusations.
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