Aguilera-Sandoval v. USA
MEMORANDUM ADOPTING INITIAL REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE. ORDERED that Movant's motion for summary judgment (Dkt. # 10) is DENIED. Signed by District Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III on 10/19/2017. (kls, )
United States District Court
EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Civil Action No. 4:14-CV-794
Criminal Action No. 4:09-CR-023(14)
MEMORANDUM ADOPTING INITIAL REPORT AND
RECOMMENDATION OF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
The above-entitled and numbered civil action was referred to United States Magistrate
Judge Christine A. Nowak, who issued a Report and Recommendation (Dkt. #12) concluding that
Petitioner’s motion for summary judgment (Dkt. # 10) should be denied. Movant filed objections.
In Movant’s objections, he contends that a summary judgment motion is proper in his case.
Movant cites to Smith v. Cockrell, 311 F.3d 661 (5th Cir. 2002), overruled in part by Tennard v.
Dretke, 542 U.S.274 (2004), and United States v, Kayode, 777 F.3d 719 (5th Cir. 2014). In Smith,
the Fifth Circuit briefly discussed the interplay between the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and
the more specific rules governing habeas proceedings. As discussed in Smith, Federal Rule of
Civil Procedure 56 is applicable in habeas proceedings in so far that it does not conflict with the
habeas rules. Smith, 311 F.3d at 667. In Kayode, the court did not discuss Rule 56 and how it
affects the habeas rules; Movant appears to cite the case only as an example that courts sometimes
entertain motions for summary judgment in habeas proceedings. See generally United States v,
Kayode, 777 F.3d 719 (5th Cir. 2014) (affirming the lower court’s grant of summary judgment).
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has continuously ruled
that motions for summary judgment, as contemplated by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, are
not appropriate in habeas contexts. See,e.g., Hao Van Lee v. United States, Case No. 4:16-cv-286,
Dkt. No. 21 (order adopting R&R recommending the court deny motion for summary judgment as
inappropriate in § 2255 proceedings); Gilmore v. Director of TDCJ-CID, Case No. 4:15-cv-173,
Dkt. No. 29 (order adopting, over petitioner’s objection, R&R recommending the court deny
motion for summary judgment as inappropriate in § 2254 proceedings). As the Magistrate Judge
noted, a motion for summary judgment, for example, seeks the same relief as that sought in the
underlying habeas action. The procedure for seeking correction of a judgment is set forth in the
Rules Governing Section 2255 Procedure for the United States District Courts. Having made a de
novo review of Movant’s objections and found them to be without merit, the Court concludes the
findings and conclusions of the Magistrate Judge are correct, and adopts the same as the findings
and conclusions of the Court.
It is accordingly ORDERED that Movant’s motion for summary judgment (Dkt. # 10) is
SIGNED this 19th day of October, 2017.
AMOS L. MAZZANT
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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