Gary v. Clarke
FINAL ORDER. The Court ORDERS that respondent's 15 Motion to Dismiss is GRANTED, and the 1 Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus is DENIED and DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. The Court further ORDERS that Gary's 21 Motion is DENIED. Signed by District Judge Raymond A. Jackson on 6/21/2017. Copies mailed 6/22/2017. (jmey, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
CHARLES EDWARD GARY, #1002003,
ACTION NO. 2:16cv283
HAROLD W. CLARKE,
Director Department of Corrections of Virginia,
This matter was initiated by petition for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254.
ECF No. 1. The petition alleges violations of federal rights pertaining to Charles Edward Gary's
convictions in the Circuit Court for the City of Danville on November 13, 2014 for felony
shoplifting, felony eluding the police, driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving while
the privilege to drive was suspended. ECF No. 1 at 11. Gary was sentenced to 11 years and 3
months in prison, with 7 years, 2 months, and 20 days suspended, 3 years of supervised
probation, and 10 years of good behavior. Id.
The petition was referred to a United States Magistrate Judge for report and
recommendation pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and (C) and Local Civil
Rule 72 of the Rules of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The
Magistrate Judge's report and recommendation filed May 24, 2017, recommends that
respondent's motion to dismiss, ECF No. 15, be granted, the petition for a writ of habeas corpus,
ECF No. 1, be denied and dismissed with prejudice, and Gary's motion to grant his petition for
writ of habeas corpus, ECF No. 21, be denied. ECF No. 30. Each party was advised of the right
to file objections to the findings and recommendations made by the Magistrate Judge. On June
14, 2017, the Court received Gary's objections to the report and recommendation. ECF No. 31.
The Court, having reviewed the record and examined the objections filed by Gary to the
report and recommendation, and having made de novo findings with respect to the portions
objected to, does hereby adopt and approve the findings and recommendations set forth in the
report and recommendation, filed May 24,2017. Gary's objections restate substantially the same
arguments he raised in his petition. His arguments were adequately addressed by the Magistrate
Judge's report and recommendation.
The Court, therefore, ORDERS that respondent's motion to dismiss, ECF No. 15, is
GRANTED, and the petition for a writ of habeas corpus, ECF No. 1, is DENIED and
DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. The Court further ORDERS that Gary's motion to grant his
writ of habeas corpus, ECF No. 21, is DENIED.
Gary has failed to demonstrate "a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional
right," and, therefore, the Court declines to issue any certificate of appealability pursuant to Rule
22(b) of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. See Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322,
Gary is hereby notified that he may appeal from the Judgment entered pursuant to this
Final Order by filing a notice of appeal with the Clerk of this Court, United States Courthouse,
600 Granby Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510, within thirty days from the date of entry of such
The Clerk shall mail a copy of ihis Final Order to Gary and to counsel of record for
United atutcs District Intigp
Raymond A. Jackson
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
June ^ ,2017
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