Ealy v. Jones et al
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS re 1 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, filed by Lance Ealy - The Magistrate Judge recommends the Petition herein be STRICKEN. The docket in Case No. 3:13-cr-175 shows Lance Ealy is capable of filing papers in court in propria persona. Objections to R&R due by 9/25/2015. Signed by Magistrate Judge Michael R. Merz on 9/4/15. (pb)(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
- vs -
Case No. 3:15-cv-308
District Judge Walter Herbert Rice
Magistrate Judge Michael R. Merz
SHERIFF ROBERT JONES, et al.,
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
This habeas corpus case is before the Court for initial review upon filing. The Magistrate
Judge notes that the Petition (ECF No. 1) has been filed by “Minister” Larry Ealy who signs the
papers as “POA” for Lance Ealy. Larry Ealy is well-known to this Court in many capacities,
including as the father of Lance Ealy. Lance Ealy is the Defendant in United States v. Ealy, Case
No. 3:13-cr-175, a case presently pending before The Honorable Michael R. Barrett of this
Larry Ealy presents no proof that his son has granted him a power of attorney. Under
Ohio law, a power of attorney must be a “writing or other record.” Ohio Revised Code §§
1337.22(G), 1337.25. More importantly, even if a written power of attorney existed from Lance
Ealy to Larry Ealy, it would not be effective to authorize Larry Ealy to file legal proceedings on
behalf of his son. A valid power of attorney makes the person named therein an “attorney-infact.” That denomination shows the distinction of such a person from an attorney-at-law. Only
persons admitted to practice before this Court as attorneys-at-law are authorized to file
proceedings on behalf of others. Larry Ealy is not admitted to practice law before this Court.
As Larry Ealy has been previously advised in trying to file habeas papers as an attorneyin-fact for Lance Ealy in Georgia, acting as if one had authority to perform legal services when
one does not is an act in contempt of court. Rather than recommend a contempt sanction against
Larry Ealy, however, the Magistrate Judge recommends the Petition herein be STRICKEN. The
docket in Case No. 3:13-cr-175 shows Lance Ealy is capable of filing papers in court in propria
September 4, 2015.
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 one of the methods of service listed in Fed. R. Civ.
P. 5(b)(2)(C), (D), (E), or (F). 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, 153-55 (1985).
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