Johnson v. Warden Pickaway Correctional Institution
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON MOTION TO VACATE 40 . Objections to R&R due by 10/27/2017. Signed by Magistrate Judge Michael R. Merz on 10/13/2017. (kpf)(This document has been sent by regular mail to the party(ies) listed in the NEF that did not receive electronic notification.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
WESTERN DIVISION AT DAYTON
DERRICK L. JOHNSON,
- vs -
Case No. 3:15-cv-090
District Judge Walter Herbert Rice
Magistrate Judge Michael R. Merz
CHARLES BRADLEY, Warden,
Pickaway Correctional Institution,
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON MOTION TO VACATE
This habeas corpus case is before the Court on Petitioner’s Motion to Vacate and
Reinstate Case Due to Lack of Service of the Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendations
(ECF No. 40).
On September 8, 2017, the undersigned filed a Report and Recommendations
recommending that the Petition herein be dismissed as barred by the AEDPA one-year statute of
limitations (ECF No. 35). The Court’s docket indicates that, as is standard practice, “[t]his
document has been sent by regular mail to the party(ies) listed in the NEF [Notice of Electronic
Filing] who did not receive electronic notification.” The referenced NEF includes the notation
3:15-cv-00090-WHR-MRM Notice has been delivered by other
Derrick L Johnson
PICKAWAY CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. Box 209
Orient, OH 43146
It is the regular practice of the Clerk to docket any returned mail, but there is no returned
mail docket entry in this case. The address to which the NEF says the Report was mailed is
Petitioner’s address on file with the Clerk and entered on the docket. Prior and subsequent
docket entries of Court-generated documents show the same method of service (See ECF Nos. 6,
9, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 36, 37, & 39).
In his instant Motion to Vacate and Reinstate, Johnson avers that he learned of the Report
by viewing “the prison’s law computer” and through the same means discovered the Report had
been adopted (ECF No. 40, PageID 971). He does not say when this occurred. Previously on
October 4, 2017, Johnson had filed a Motion to Compel Service of the Report (ECF No. 38). In
denying that Motion, the Magistrate Judge furnished Johnson with a courtesy copy of the Report
and advised him that he had until October 30, 2017, to file a motion to amend the judgment
under Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e). Such a motion could of course include any reasons why the Court’s
judgment was wrong. The instant Motion does not do that. It merely makes a claim of
procedural right which is not supported by the docket.
It is therefore respectfully recommended that the Motion be DENIED without prejudice
to the timely filing of a motion under Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e) which includes any substantive
objections Mr. Johnson has to the judgment. Petitioner is reminded again that the Court has no
authority to extend that time.
October 13, 2017.
s/ Michael R. Merz
United States Magistrate Judge
NOTICE REGARDING OBJECTIONS
Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b), any party may serve and file specific, written objections to the
proposed findings and recommendations within fourteen days after being served with this Report
and Recommendations. Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(d), this period is extended to seventeen
days because this Report is being served by mail. .Such objections shall specify the portions of
the Report objected to and shall be accompanied by a memorandum of law in support of the
objections. If the Report and Recommendations are based in whole or in part upon matters
occurring of record at an oral hearing, the objecting party shall promptly arrange for the
transcription of the record, or such portions of it as all parties may agree upon or the Magistrate
Judge deems sufficient, unless the assigned District Judge otherwise directs. A party may
respond to another party=s objections within fourteen days after being served with a copy thereof.
Failure to make objections in accordance with this procedure may forfeit rights on appeal. See
United States v. Walters, 638 F.2d 947, 949-50 (6th Cir. 1981); Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140,
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