Moore v. Director, TDCJ-CID
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER denying re 23 MOTION for Relief from Judgment Pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 60(b) filed by Massey Lee Moore. ORDERED that Petitioner's motion for relief from judgment (docket entry #23) is DENIED. All motions not previously ruled upon are DENIED. Signed by Judge Richard A. Schell on 9/28/2012. (kls, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
MASSEY LEE MOORE, #1263341
CIVIL ACTION NO. 4:10cv183
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Petitioner filed a motion for relief from judgment (docket entry #23). A review of the history
of this case reveals that, on September 7, 2010, this case was dismissed as time-barred. On March
18, 2011, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Petitioner’s motion for certificate of
In the instant motion, Petitioner asks that the Court grant relief from judgment. Petitioner’s
§ 2254 petition was denied because it was not timely filed. He now urges that he is entitled to
equitable tolling. He relies on the holding of Jimenez v. Quarterman, 555 U.S. 113, 129 S. Ct. 681,
172 L. Ed.2d 475 (2009). In Jimenez, the Court held that direct review is not concluded until the
availability of a direct appeal is exhausted. Id., 555 U.S. at 120, 129 S. Ct. at 686. More
specifically, when determining time limitations, the date on which the judgment became final by the
conclusion of direct review or the expiration of the time for seeking such review must reflect the
conclusion of an out-of-time direct appeal, or the expiration of the time for seeking review of that
appeal. Id. Essentially, Jimenez stands for the proposition that when a petitioner is granted an outof-time appeal, the pendency of his direct appeal is restored – thus extending the limitations period.
However, the Fifth Circuit has repeatedly held that the new method of calculating the limitations
period announced in Jimenez is not the kind of extraordinary circumstance that warrants relief under
Rule 60(b). See, e.g., Hernandez v. Thaler, 630 F.3d 420, 422 (5th Cir. 2011).
Furthermore, the filing of the instant motion, based on Rule 60(b), could be construed as an
attempt to circumvent the federal prohibition against filing successive habeas petitions by using
another means for the same purpose. Prisoners cannot evade the procedural rules governing Section
2254 petitions by the simple expedient of claiming that their petitions are brought under other
motions or sections instead. Petitioner may not file a Rule 60(b) motion to bypass the successive
petition prohibition. See Fierro v. Johnson, 197 F.3d 147, 151 (5th Cir. 1999) (Rule 60(b) motions are
construed as successive habeas petitions subject to AEDPA). Construing Petitioner’s motion as a
successive petition, this Court notes that Petitioner may not file a successive petition in this Court
without the permission of the Fifth Circuit. 28 U.S.C. § 2244(3)(A). A district court cannot rule on
the merits of a successive petition that has been filed without such approval. Crone v. Cockrell, 324
F.3d 833, 838 (5th Cir. 2003). Petitioner has not shown that he has received permission from the Fifth
Circuit to file the present petition. If he obtains permission from the Fifth Circuit, he may file a
successive petition. This Court lacks jurisdiction to consider such action without permission from the
Fifth Circuit. It is accordingly
ORDERED that Petitioner’s motion for relief from judgment (docket entry #23) is
DENIED. All motions not previously ruled upon are DENIED.
SIGNED this the 28th day of September, 2012.
RICHARD A. SCHELL
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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