Doolittle v. Dir of TDCJ
MEMORANDUM ORDER OVERRULING PETITIONER'S OBJECTIONS AND ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS for 4 Report and Recommendations. Signed by Judge David Folsom on 1/18/2012. (sm, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
ELBERT LEE DOOLITTLE
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:11cv124
MEMORANDUM ORDER OVERRULING PETITIONER'S OBJECTIONS AND
ADOPTING THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE'S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
Petitioner Elbert Lee Doolittle, an inmate confined at the Ellis Unit, proceeding pro se,
brought this petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254.
The Court referred this matter to the Honorable Caroline Craven, United States Magistrate
Judge, in Texarkana, Texas, for consideration pursuant to applicable laws and orders of this Court.
The Magistrate Judge recommends the petition be dismissed as a successive petition.
The Court has received and considered the Report and Recommendation of United States
Magistrate Judge filed pursuant to such order, along with the record, pleadings and all available
evidence. Petitioner filed objections to the magistrate judge's Report and Recommendation. This
requires a de novo review of the objections in relation to the pleadings and the applicable law. See
FED. R. CIV. P. 72(b).
After careful consideration, the Court concludes petitioner's objections should be overruled.
Petitioner contends his previous petition was dismissed without prejudice to refiling. One of
petitioner’s previous petitions was, in fact, dismissed based on petitioner’s failure to exhaust state
habeas remedies. See Doolittle v. Director, Civil Action No. 5:10cv40 (E.D. Tex. May 18, 2010).
However, petitioner fails to recognize or acknowledge that the petition relied upon by the magistrate
judge, Civil Action No. 5:10cv228, styled Doolittle v. Director, filed December 16, 2010, remains
pending before this court. As Civil Action No. 5:10cv228 involves an attack on the same conviction
as this petition and the claims in this petition were or could have been raised in the previous petition,
this petition was improvidently filed. Thus, this petition should be dismissed. The dismissal of this
action is without prejudice to petitioner’s ability to amend his petition in Civil Action No. 5:10cv228
to include claims in this petition not presented in the previous petition, if any.
Accordingly, petitioner's objections are OVERRULED.
The findings of fact and
conclusions of law of the magistrate judge are correct and the report of the magistrate judge is
ADOPTED. A final judgment will be entered in this case in accordance with the magistrate judge's
SIGNED this 18th day of January, 2012.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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