Clayton v. USA
Order Accepting 13 Findings and Recommendations and Denying Certificate of Appealability. The court determines that the findings and conclusions of the magistrate judge are correct, and accepts them as those of the court. The court, therefore, g rants 7 Motion to Dismiss Clayton's Section 2255 Motion as Untimely and, Denies Petitioners Motion for Sentence Reduction and Vacatur Pursuant to § 2255(f)(3)Johnson Claim, and dismisses with prejudice this action. (Ordered by Judge Sam A Lindsay on 8/30/2017) (svc)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
JAMES ROBERT CLAYTON,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Civil Action No. 3:16-CV-1837-L
Criminal Case No. 3:09-CR-345-L
On August 1, 2017, United States Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney entered the Findings,
Conclusions and Recommendation of the United States Magistrate Judge (“Report”), recommending
that the court grant Respondent’s Motion to Dismiss Clayton’s Section 2255 Motion as Untimely
Filed (Doc. 7), filed August 22, 2016, and dismiss with prejudice this action as time-barred. No
objections to the Report were filed as of the date of this order.
After carefully reviewing Petitioner’s § 2255 motion, Respondent’s Motion to Dismiss, the
response to the motion to dismiss, file, record in this case, and Report, the court determines that the
findings and conclusions of the magistrate judge are correct, and accepts them as those of the court.
The court, therefore, grants the Motion to Dismiss Clayton’s Section 2255 Motion as Untimely
Filed (Doc. 7), denies Petitioner’s Motion for Sentence Reduction and Vacatur Pursuant to §
2255(f)(3)—Johnson Claim, and dismisses with prejudice this action.
Considering the record in this case and pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure
22(b), Rule 11(a) of the Rules Governing §§ 2254 and 2255 proceedings, and 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c),
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the court denies a certificate of appealability.* The court determines that Petitioner has failed to
show: (1) that reasonable jurists would find this court’s “assessment of the constitutional claims
debatable or wrong;” or (2) that reasonable jurists would find “it debatable whether the petition states
a valid claim of the denial of a constitutional right” and “debatable whether [this court] was correct
in its procedural ruling.” Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000). In support of this
determination, the court accepts and incorporates by reference the Report filed in this case. In the
event that Petitioner files a notice of appeal, he must pay the $505 appellate filing fee or submit a
motion to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal.
It is so ordered this 30th day of August, 2017.
Sam A. Lindsay
United States District Judge
Rule 11 of the Rules Governing §§ 2254 and 2255 Cases provides as follows:
Certificate of Appealability. The district court must issue or deny a certificate of
appealability when it enters a final order adverse to the applicant. Before entering the final order, the
court may direct the parties to submit arguments on whether a certificate should issue. If the court
issues a certificate, the court must state the specific issue or issues that satisfy the showing required
by 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). If the court denies a certificate, the parties may not appeal the denial but
may seek a certificate from the court of appeals under Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 22. A
motion to reconsider a denial does not extend the time to appeal.
Time to Appeal. Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4(a) governs the time to
appeal an order entered under these rules. A timely notice of appeal must be filed even if the district
court issues a certificate of appealability.
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