George v. Davis
MEMORANDUM ON DISMISSAL entered. George's petition for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 is DISMISSED for lack of jurisdiction. (Signed by Judge Vanessa D Gilmore) Parties notified. (wbostic, 4)
United States District Court
Southern District of Texas
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
GBOWEH DICKSON GEORGE,
(TDCJ -CID #0 1820889)
September 14, 2017
David J. Bradley, Clerk
CIVIL ACTION NO. H-17-2734
MEMORANDUM ON DISMISSAL
Gboweh Dickson George has filed a petition for habeas corpus relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2254
challenging his 2012 conviction and sentence. He challenges a conviction in the 176th Judicial
District Court of Harris County, Texas. On November 1, 2012, the court convicted George of
murder. (Cause Number 1302726). The court sentenced George to seventy-five years imprisonment.
On October 23, 2015, George filed a federal petition for a writ of habeas corpus, Civil Action
Number H-15-3137, challenging his conviction. On April?, 2016, this court denied George's claims
on the merits.
In the instant federal petition filed on September 11, 2017, George challenges the same
conviction and sentence on the ground that he never received a court-ordered competency hearing.
(Docket Entry No. 1, Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus, p. 6).
The issue of whether a habeas corpus petition is successive may be raised by the district court
sua sponte. Rodriguez v. Johnson, 104 F.3d 694,697 (5th Cir. 1997). This court lacks jurisdiction
to consider George's petition as it is a "successive" application governed by the amendments to the
AEDPA requiring that the Fifth Circuit authorize the district court to consider the application before
it is filed in the district court.
Title 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b )(3)(A) (1998) provides, "Before a second or successive application
permitted by this section is filed in the district court, the applicant shall move in the appropriate court
of appeals for an order authorizing the district court to consider the application." There is no
indication on the record that the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has authorized
this court to consider George's successive application, and therefore, this court lacks jurisdiction to
consider George's habeas claims. 1
George's petition for a writ ofhabeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 is DISMISSED for lack
SIGNED at Houston, Texas, on
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
When a civil action is filed in a court and that court finds that there is a want of jurisdiction, the
court shall transfer the action to any other court in which the action could have been brought at the time it
was filed. 28 U .S.C. § 1631. The action shall proceed as if it had been filed in the court to which it is
transferred on the date upon which it was actually filed in the court from which it was transferred. !d.
From George's litigation history, the court determines that George is capable of refiling this suit in
the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
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