Perez-del-Rio v. Quarterman

Filing 21

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER granting 14 MOTION for Summary Judgment with Brief in Support. Dismissing 1 Petition.(Signed by Judge Sim Lake) Parties notified.(hcarr, )

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Perez-del-Rio v. Quarterman Doc. 21 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS HOUSTON DIVISION Petitioner, v. NATHANIEL QUARTERMAN, Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Correctional Institutions Division, Respondent. JOSE FERNANDO PEREZ-DEL-RIO, CIVIL ACTION NO. H-08-0599 MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER Pending before the court are petitioner, Jose Fernando PerezDel-Rio's, Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus by a Person in State Custody (Docket No. 1) and Respondent Nathaniel Quarterman's Motion for Summary Judgment with Brief in Support (Docket No. 14). For the reasons stated below, the court will grant Respondent's Motion for Summary Judgment and dismiss petitioner's Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus without prejudice. I. Factual and Procedural Background On July 2, 2004, petitioner was convicted of indecency with a child and was sentenced to six years' imprisonment.1 Petitioner's The State of Texas v. Jose Fernando Perez-Del-Rio, Cause No. 963554 in the 228th District Court of Harris County, Texas. 1 Dockets.Justia.com conviction was affirmed by the Texas Court of Appeals on March 2, 2006.2 The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied petitioner's Petitioner petition for discretionary review on November 1, 2006.3 filed a state application for a writ of habeas corpus on June 20, 2007.4 The state application included claims of ineffective assistance of trial and appellate counsel, together with claims of trial court errors. The application for a writ of habeas corpus is Petitioner then currently pending in the state habeas court.5 filed this Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus by a Person in State Custody in federal court asserting the same claims as his state habeas petition.6 II. Petitioner's Failure to Exhaust habeas petition is governed by the federal Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA). See Lindh v. Murphy, 117 S. Ct. 2059, 2063 (1197). 28 U.S.C. 2254(b)(1)(A) states that "[a]n application for a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of a person in custody pursuant to the judgment of Perez-Del-Rio v. State, No. 14-04-00963, 2006 WL 561887, at *1 (Tex. App. -- Houston [14th Dist.] Mar. 2, 2006, pet ref'd). Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus by a Person in State Custody, Docket Entry No. 1, p. 3. 4 3 2 Respondent's Motion for Summary Judgment, Exh. A, Docket Entry No. 14. Id. 5 Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus by a Person in State Custody, Docket Entry No. 1. -2- 6 a State court shall not be granted unless it appears that -(A) the applicant has exhausted the remedies available in the courts of the State. . . ." 28 U.S.C. 2254(b)(1). To exhaust his state remedies the petitioner must fairly present the substance of his claims to the state courts, and the state's highest criminal court must have an opportunity to review the merits of the claims. Nobles v. Johnson, 127 F.3d 409, 419-20 (5th Cir. 1997) (citing Picard v. Connor, 92 S. Ct. 509, 512-13 (1971)). In Texas a petitioner satisfies this requirement by properly filing a PDR with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals or, with respect to claims not raised in a direct appeal, by filing a state application for a writ of habeas corpus in state district court, which forwards the application to the Court of Criminal Appeals pursuant to Tex. Code Crim. Pro. art. 11.07. 431-32 (5th Cir. 1985). The exhaustion requirement is not satisfied until the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals disposes of petitioner's pending state habeas application. See Nobles, 127 F.3d at 419-20. The claims See Richardson v. Procunier, 762 F.2d 429, presented in petitioner's federal habeas petition are identical to those presented in the state habeas application.7 Petitioner does not dispute that his state habeas petition is still pending; and, thus, his claims are not fully exhausted.8 Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus by a Person in State Custody, Docket Entry No. 1, p. 3. 8 7 Objection to Respondent's Motion for Summary Judgment, Docket Entry No. 16, p. 1. -3- III. Conclusion and Order For the foregoing reasons, Respondent Quarterman's Motion for Summary Judgment (Docket Entry No. 14) is GRANTED and petitioner Perez-Del-Rio's Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus by a Person in State Custody (Docket Entry No. 1) is DISMISSED without prejudice. SIGNED at Houston, Texas, on this the 10th day of July, 2008. SIM LAKE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE -4-

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