Johnson v. Ryan et al, No. 2:2011cv02519 - Document 4 (D. Ariz. 2012)

Court Description: ORDER granting 2 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. Petitioner's Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (Doc. 1) and this action are dismissed without prejudice, and the Clerk of Court must enter judgment accordingly. The Clerk of Court must provide Petitioner with a copy of the form recommended by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for filing an Application for Leave to File Second or Successive Petition Under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 or Motion Under 28 U.S.C. § 2255. Pu rsuant to Rule 11(a) of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases, in the event Petitioner files an appeal, the Court declines to issue a certificate of appealability because reasonable jurists would not find the Court's procedural ruling debatable. Signed by Judge G Murray Snow on 1/5/12.(DMT)
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Johnson v. Ryan et al 1 Doc. 4 WO MDR 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA 8 9 George Johnson, Petitioner, 10 11 vs. 12 Director Charles Ryan, et al., 13 Respondents. 14 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. CV 11-2519-PHX-GMS (DKD) ORDER 15 16 On December 20, 2011, Petitioner George Johnson, who is confined in the Arizona 17 State Prison Complex-Tucson in Tucson, Arizona, filed a pro se Petition for Writ of Habeas 18 Corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 (Doc. 1) and an Application to Proceed In Forma 19 Pauperis (Doc. 2). The Court will dismiss the Petition without prejudice. 20 I. Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis 21 Petitioner’s Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis indicates that his inmate trust 22 account balance is less than $25.00. Accordingly, the Application to Proceed In Forma 23 Pauperis will be granted. See LRCiv 3.5(b). 24 II. Petition 25 This is Petitioner’s third petition for a writ of habeas corpus challenging his 26 conviction in Maricopa County Superior Court, case #CR-2005-008016-001 DT, for 27 Burglary. On May 4, 2009, Petitioner filed his first petition for a writ of habeas corpus 28 Dockets.Justia.com 1 regarding that conviction, Johnson v. Ryan, 09-CV-959-PHX-GMS (DKD). In a May 5, 2 2010 Order (Doc. 17 in 09-CV-959-PHX-GMS (DKD)), the Court dismissed the habeas 3 petition, without prejudice, because Petitioner had a pending state-court petition for post- 4 conviction relief when he filed the habeas petition. The Clerk of Court entered Judgment 5 accordingly (Doc. 18 in 09-CV-959). 6 On May 13, 2010, Petitioner filed his second petition for a writ of habeas corpus 7 regarding the same state-court conviction, Johnson v. Ryan, 10-CV-1052-PHX-GMS (DKD). 8 In a January 25, 2011 Order (Doc. 11 in 10-CV-1052-PHX-GMS (DKD)), the Court denied 9 the petition, and the Clerk of Court entered Judgment accordingly (Doc. 12 in 10-CV-1052). 10 Petitioner appealed (Doc. 13 in 10-CV-1052), but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 11 declined to issue a certificate of appealability (Doc. 16 in 10-CV-1052). 12 Under 28 U.S.C. § 2244, a petitioner may not file a second or successive § 2254 13 petition in the district court unless the petitioner has obtained a certification from the Ninth 14 Circuit Court of Appeals authorizing the district court to consider the second or subsequent 15 § 2254 petition. A habeas petition is “‘second or successive’ if it raises claims that were or 16 could have been adjudicated on their merits in an earlier petition.” Cooper v. Calderon, 274 17 F.3d 1270, 1273 (9th Cir. 2001) (per curiam). The current petition, therefore, is a second or 18 successive petition. 19 Petitioner has not presented a certification from the Ninth Circuit authorizing the 20 Court to consider a second or subsequent § 2254 petition. Accordingly, the current Petition 21 and this action must be dismissed as a successive petition. The Court, however, will dismiss 22 the case without prejudice so that Petitioner can seek certification from the Ninth Circuit to 23 file a second or successive § 2254 petition. 24 Accordingly, 25 IT IS ORDERED: 26 (1) Petitioner’s Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Doc. 2) is granted. 27 28 -2- 1 2 3 (2) Petitioner’s Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (Doc. 1) and this action are dismissed without prejudice, and the Clerk of Court must enter judgment accordingly. (3) The Clerk of Court must provide Petitioner with a copy of the form 4 recommended by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for filing an Application for Leave to 5 File Second or Successive Petition Under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 or Motion Under 28 U.S.C. 6 § 2255. 7 (4) Pursuant to Rule 11(a) of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases, in the event 8 Petitioner files an appeal, the Court declines to issue a certificate of appealability because 9 reasonable jurists would not find the Court’s procedural ruling debatable. See Slack v. 10 11 McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000). DATED this 5th day of January, 2012. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -3- Form 12. (New, 7/1/02) Application for Leave to File Second or Successive Petition Under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 or Motion Under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 UNITED STATES COURT of APPEALS for the NINTH CIRCUIT 95 Seventh Street San Francisco, California 94103 Application for Leave to File Second or Successive Petition Under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 or Motion Under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 Docket Number ________________________________________________________________ (to be provided by court) Petitioner's name _______________________________________________________________ Prisoner registration number Address ______________________________________________________________________ Instructions - Read Carefully (1) This application, whether handwritten or typewritten, must be legible and signed by the petitioner under penalty of perjury. An original and five (5) copies must be provided to the Clerk of the Ninth Circuit. The application must comply with 9th Circuit Rule 22-3, which is attached to this form. (2) All questions must be answered concisely. Add separate sheets if necessary. (3) The petitioner shall serve a copy of this application and any attachments on respondent and must complete and file a proof of service with this application. (4) The petitioner shall attach to this application copies of the magistrate judge's report and recommendation and the district court's opinion in any prior federal habeas proceeding under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 or § 2255 or state why such documents are unavailable to petitioner. You Must Answer the Following Questions: (1) What conviction(s) are you challenging? ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ (2) In what court(s) were you convicted of these crime(s)? ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ (3) What was the date of each of your conviction(s) and what is the length of each sentence? ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ For questions (4) through (9), provide information separately for each of your previous §§ 2254 or 2255 proceedings. Use additional pages if necessary. (4) With respect to each conviction and sentence, have you ever filed a petition or motion for habeas corpus relief in federal court under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 or § 2255? Yes G No G (a) In which federal district court did you file a petition or motion? ________________________________________________________________________ (b) What was the docket number? ______________________________________________ (c) On what date did you file the petition/motion? ___________________________________ (5) What grounds were raised in your previous habeas proceeding? (list all grounds and issues previously raised in that petition/ motion) ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ (6) Did the district court hold an evidentiary hearing? Yes G No G (7) How did the district court rule on your petition/motion? G G G District court dismissed petition/motion? If yes, on what grounds? __________________________________________________________________ District court denied petition/motion; District court granted relief; if yes, on what claims and what was the relief? __________________________________________________________________ (Attach copies of all reports and orders issued by the district court.) (8) (9) On what date did the district court decide your petition/motion? ________________________________________________________________________ Did you file an appeal from that disposition? Yes G No G (a) What was the docket number of your appeal? __________________________________ (b) How did the court of appeals decide your appeal?_______________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ (10) State concisely each and every ground or issue you wish to raise in your current petition or motion for habeas relief. Summarize briefly the facts supporting each ground or issue. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ (11) For each ground raised, was it raised in the state courts? If so, what did the state courts rule and when? ________________________________________________________________________ (12) For each ground/issue raised, was this claim raised in any prior federal petition/motion? (list each ground separately) ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ (13) For each ground/issue raised, does this claim rely on a new rule of constitutional law? (list each ground separately and give case name and citation for each new rule of law) ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ (14) For each ground/issue raised, does this claim rely on newly discovered evidence? What is the evidence and when did you discover it? Why has this newly discovered evidence not been previously available to you? (list each ground separately) ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ (15) For each ground/issue raised, does the newly discovered evidence establish your innocence? How? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ (16) For each ground/issue raised, does the newly discovered evidence establish a federal constitutional error? Which provision of the Constitution was violated and how? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ (17) Provide any other basis for your application not previously stated. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Date: __________________ Signature:_________________________________ Proof of Service on Respondent MUST be Attached.