Smith v. Young et al
ORDER adopting in full 5 Report and Recommendation; dismissing 1 Petition for writ of habeas corpus; denying as moot 9 Motion to Appoint Counsel; overruling 10 Objection to Report and Recommendation.; denying as moot 11 Motion for Joinder; denying as moot 15 Motion to Vacate ; denying as moot 16 Motion for Writ of Coram Nobis. Signed by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier on 5/15/17. (DJP)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH DAKOTA
BRUCE EDGAR SMITH,
DARIN YOUNG, BOB DOOLEY, MARTY
JACKLEY, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA,
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT
AND DISMISSING PETITION
Petitioner, Bruce Edgar Smith, filed this petition for writ of habeas
corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Docket 1. The matter was assigned to United
States Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy under 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and
this court’s October 16, 2014 standing order. Magistrate Judge Duffy
recommends that the petition be dismissed because it is a “second or
successive” petition, and Smith did not receive authorization from the Eighth
Circuit Court of Appeals to file it. Docket 14.
The court’s review of a Magistrate Judge’s report and recommendation is
governed by 28 U.S.C. § 636 and Rule 72 of the Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure. The court reviews de novo any objections to the magistrate judge’s
recommendations with respect to dispositive matters that are timely made and
specific. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B); Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b). In conducting its de
novo review, this court may then “accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part,
the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate judge.” 28 U.S.C.
§ 636(b)(1); United States v. Craft, 30 F.3d 1044, 1045 (8th Cir. 1994).
Here, Magistrate Judge Duffy recommends dismissal. Smith filed
numerous documents in response to the report and recommendation, but he
fails to show that he was authorized by the Eighth Circuit to bring his petition.
Therefore, the report and recommendation is adopted, and Smith’s petition is
“A district court may deny an evidentiary hearing where (1) accepting the
petitioner's allegations as true, the petitioner is not entitled to relief, or (2) ‘the
allegations cannot be accepted as true because they are contradicted by the
record, inherently incredible, or conclusions rather than statements of fact.’ ”
Guzman-Ortiz v. United States, 849 F.3d 708, 715 (8th Cir. 2017) (quoting
United States v. Sellner, 773 F.3d 927, 929–30 (8th Cir. 2014)). Here, an
evidentiary hearing is not required because the record shows Smith previously
filed a habeas petition and fails to show that he obtained permission to file this
habeas petition from the Eighth Circuit.
Before denial of a § 2254 petition may be appealed, a petitioner must
first obtain a certificate of appealability from the district court. Miller-El v.
Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 335-36 (2003). A certificate may be issued “only if the
applicant has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional
right.” 28 U.S.C. § 2253(2). A “substantial showing” is one that demonstrates
“reasonable jurists would find the district court’s assessment of the
constitutional claims debatable or wrong.” Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473,
484 (2000). The court finds that Smith fails to make a substantial showing that
the district court’s assessments of his claims are debatable or wrong.
Consequently, a certificate of appealability is not issued.
Thus, it is ORDERED
1. Smith’s objection/response to the report and recommendation
(Docket 10) is overruled.
2. The report and recommendation (Docket 5) is adopted in full.
3. Smith’s petition for writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254
(Docket 1) is dismissed.
4. A certificate of appealability is not issued.
5. Smith’s motion to appoint counsel (Docket 9) is denied as moot.
6. Smith’s motion for joinder (Docket 11) is denied as moot.
7. Smith’s motion to vacate sentence or order release immediately
(Docket 15) is denied as moot.
8. Smith’s motion for writ of coram nobis (Docket 16) is denied as moot.
Dated May 15, 2017.
BY THE COURT:
/s/ Karen E. Schreier
KAREN E. SCHREIER
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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