Latimer v. South Carolina Department of Corrections et al

Filing 22

ORDER FINDING 15 Report and Recommendations PROPER; This action is dismissed with prejudice. The court has reviewed its order and pursuant to Rule 11(a) of the Rules Governing Section 2254 and Section 2255 cases, declines to issue a certificate of appealability as Petitioner has not made a substantial showing of a denial of a constitutional right. Signed by Honorable Joseph F Anderson, Jr on 7/8/2010. (mbro, )

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Lati m er v. South Carolina Department of Corrections et al Do c. 22 U N I T E D STATES DISTRICT COURT D IS T R IC T OF SOUTH CAROLINA R an d all Edwin Latimer, P e t i t io n e r , vs. W a rd e n , Perry Correctional Institution, R e sp o n d e n t. ____________________________________ ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) C/A No. 6:10-721-JFA-WMC ORDER T h e pro se petitioner, Randall Edwin Latimer, brings this action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2254 challenging his 1996 state court conviction of a life sentence for first-degree burglary. T h e Magistrate Judge assigned to this action 1 has prepared a Report and R e c o m m e n d a tio n wherein he opines that the petition is successive and that the petitioner has n o t received permission from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to file a successive 2254 p e ti ti o n . The Magistrate Judge recommends dismissal of the action with prejudice. The R ep o rt sets forth in detail the relevant facts and standards of law on this matter, and the court in c o rp o ra te s such without a recitation. The petitioner was advised of his right to file objections to the Report and R e c o m m e n d a tio n , which was entered on the docket on April 14, 2010. Petitioner filed timely 1 The Magistrate Judge's review is made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Civil Rule 73.02. The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this court. The recommendation has no presumptive weight, and the responsibility to make a final determination remains with the court. Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261 (1976). The court is charged with making a de novo determination of those portions of the Report to which specific objection is made and the court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, or recommit the matter to the Magistrate Judge with instructions. 28 U.S.C. 636(b)(1). 1 Dockets.Justia.com o b jec tio n s. The objections are conclusory and repetitive of the claims he has set forth in his h a b e as petition. As such, they are overruled. T h e Magistrate Judge notes that this is the third petition by Mr. Latimer and that the g ro u n d s raised by petitioner here could have been raised in his initial 2254 which was d is m is s e d with prejudice. B e c a u s e the petitioner has not received permission from the Fourth Circuit to file a s u c c e s s iv e petition, this court is without authority to hear the 2254 petition. United States v . Winestock, 340 F.3d 200, 205 (4th Cir. 2003) ("In the absence of pre-filing authorization, th e district court lacks jurisdiction to consider an application containing abusive or repetitive c la im s ." ). After a careful review of the record, the applicable law, the Report and R e c o m m e n d a tio n , and the petitioner's objections thereto, the court finds the Magistrate Ju d g e 's recommendation proper and incorporated herein by reference. Accordingly, this a c tio n is dismissed with prejudice. On December 1, 2009, the Rules governing Section 2254 and 2255 cases in the U n ite d States District Courts were amended to require that the district court issue or deny a c e rtif ic a te of appealability when a final ruling on a habeas petition is issued. See Rule 11(a) o f the Rules governing 28 U.S.C. 2254 and 2255. The court has reviewed its order and p u rs u a n t to Rule 11(a) of the Rules Governing Section 2254 and Section 2255 cases, declines to issue a certificate of appealability as Petitioner has not made a substantial showing of a d e n ial of a constitutional right. 28 U.S.C. 2253(c)(2); Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 2 3 3 6 -3 8 (2003) (in order to satisfy 2253(c), a petitioner must demonstrate that reasonable ju ris ts would find the district court's assessment of the constitutional claims debatable or w ro n g )(c itin g Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000)). IT IS SO ORDERED. J u ly 8, 2010 C o lu m b ia , South Carolina J o s e p h F. Anderson, Jr. U n ite d States District Judge 3

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