Davis v. McFadden
ORDER ADOPTING 16 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION. The Court agrees with and adopts the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge as the order of the Court. Accordingly, the Court summarily dismisses Petitioner's petition without prejudice. Signed by Honorable Richard M. Gergel on 10/15/2014. (gmil)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINAV: ' " ,:
LaQuinces D. Davis,
OCT I 5 A 10: 0 'of
Civil Action No.: 0: 14-cv-2662-RMG
This matter is before the Court on the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate
Judge recommending that this Court dismiss Petitioner's petition for writ of habeas corpus
without prejudice and without service of process upon the Respondent. (Dkt. No. 16). For the
reasons set forth below, the Court adopts the Report and Recommendation ("R&R") of the
Magistrate Judge as the order of the Court.
LaQuinces D. Davis, a state prisoner at Lieber Correctional Institution, has filed this
petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.c. § 2254. (Dkt. No.1). This case was
referred to a Magistrate Judge for pre-trial proceedings pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§
636(b)(1 )(A),(B) and Local Civil Rule 73 .02(B)(2)(c) DSC. The instant petition is the second
§ 2254 habeas action filed by Petitioner in this Court challenging the same convictions.
Petitioner's first petition was filed on October 9,2009, in Laquinces D. Davis v. Leroy
Carti/edge, CIA No. 0:09-3218-RMG. In that action, this Court considered the petition on the
merits and granted Respondent's motion for summary judgment. Davis v. Carti/edge, CIA No.
0:09-3218-RMG, 2011 WL 4501166 (D.S.C. 2011). Subsequently, the Fourth Circuit Court of
Appeals dismissed Petitioner's appeal. Davis v. Cartiledge, 471 F. App'x 138 (4th Cir. 2012).
The Magistrate Judge issued the present R&R on August 20, 2014, finding that
Petitioner's § 2254 petition is successive and should be summarily dismissed pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 2244(b)(3). (Dkt. No. 16). Petitioner filed a timely objection to the R&R. (Dkt. No.
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this Court. The recommendation
has no presumptive weight, and responsibility for making a final determination remains with this
court. Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270-71 (1976). The court is charged with making a de
novo determination of those portions of the Report and Recommendation to which specific
objection is made. The court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or
recommendations ofthe Magistrate Judge. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C).
After reviewing the record, the applicable law, Petitioner's previous court filings, the
R&R, and Petitioner's objections, the Court agrees with the conclusions of the Magistrate Judge.
Accordingly, the Court adopts the R&R as the order of the Court.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b)(l), a district court may not entertain a successive
petition that attempts to relitigate claims presented in a prior petition. If a petitioner brings new
claims, as Davis does here, then "[b]efore a second or successive application is filed in the
district court, the applicant shall move in the appropriate court of appeals for an order
authorizing the district court to consider the application." 28 U.S.C § 2244(b)(3)(A); Felker v.
Turpin, 518 U.S. 651 (1996), Accordingly, the law is well-settled that prior to filing a second or
successive petition under § 2254, Petitioner must have obtained a Certificate of Appealability
from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In the present case, Petitioner has failed to make a showing that he obtained authorization
from the Fourth Circuit to file a successive habeas petition in the district court. It is uncontested
that Petitioner's motion for authorization to file a successive habeas application was expressly
denied by the Fourth Circuit on April 13, 2012. Therefore, this Court lacks jurisdiction to
consider the Petition.
Petitioner's objections do not alter this conclusion. Petitioner admits in his objection that
he has failed to obtain the necessary Certificate of Appealability from the Fourth Circuit. (Dkt.
No. 24). However, he maintains that the Supreme Court's decision in McQuiggins v. Perkins,
133 S. Ct. 1924 (2013) provides a basis to excuse him from this requirement. In McQuiggins, the
Supreme Court did find that a claim of actual innocence could allow a petitioner to proceed
despite his failure to meet procedural requirements (in that case, the statute of limitations for
habeas petitions). However, to meet McQuiggin's standard, a petitioner must make a convincing
showing of actual innocence. Here, Petitioner has demonstrated that a F01A request asking for
information related to his case did not produce records, and he has asserted that officers
associated with his case falsified information, but has presented no evidence on this point. (Dkt.
No.1). Such assertions do not qualifY as proof of actual innocence sufficient to "serve as a
gateway through which a petitioner may pass . . . the impediment [of] a procedural bar" as
articulated by McQuiggin. ld at 1928.
For the reasons set forth above, the Court agrees with and adopts the Report and
Recommendation ofthe Magistrate Judge as the order of the Court. (Dkt. No. 16 Accordingly,
the Court summarily dismisses Petitioner'S petition without prejudice and without issuance and
service of process upon Respondent.
Certificate of Appealability
The governing law provides that:
(c)(2) A certificate of appealability may issue ... only if the applicant has made a
substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right.
(c)(3) The certificate of appealability . . . shall indicate which specific issue or
issues satisfy the showing required by paragraph (2).
28 U.S.c. § 2253(c). A prisoner satisfies the standard by demonstrating that reasonable jurists
would find this court's assessment of his constitutional claims debatable or wrong and that any
dispositive procedural ruling by the district court is likewise debatable. See Miller-EI v. Cockrell,
537 U.S. 322, 336 (2003); Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000); Rose v. Lee, 252 F.3d
676, 683 (4th Cir. 2001). In this case, the legal standard for the issuance of a certificate of
appealability has not been met. Therefore, a certificate of appealability is denied.
AND IT IS SO ORDERED.
Richard Mark G
Charleston, South Carolina
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