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Taylor v. Trierweiler

United States District Court, W.D. Michigan, Southern Division

May 25, 2018

EDWARD WILLIAM TAYLOR, Petitioner,
v.
TONY TRIERWEILER, Respondent.

          Honorable Robert J. Jonker Judge.

          REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

          RAY KENT UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         This is a habeas corpus action brought by a state prisoner under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Promptly after the filing of a petition for habeas corpus, the Court must undertake a preliminary review of the petition to determine whether “it plainly appears from the face of the petition and any exhibits annexed to it that the petitioner is not entitled to relief in the district court.” Rule 4, Rules Governing § 2254 Cases; see 28 U.S.C. § 2243. If so, the petition must be summarily dismissed. Rule 4; see Allen v. Perini, 424 F.2d 134, 141 (6th Cir. 1970) (district court has the duty to “screen out” petitions that lack merit on their face). A dismissal under Rule 4 includes those petitions which raise legally frivolous claims, as well as those containing factual allegations that are palpably incredible or false. Carson v. Burke, 178 F.3d 434, 436-37 (6th Cir. 1999). The Court may sua sponte dismiss a habeas action as time-barred under 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d). Day v. McDonough, 547 U.S. 198, 209 (2006). After undertaking the review required by Rule 4, I conclude that the petition is barred by the one-year statute of limitations.

         Discussion

         I. Factual Allegations

         When he filed his petition, Petitioner Edward William Taylor was incarcerated with the Michigan Department of Corrections at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility (IBC) in Ionia, Ionia County, Michigan. He has since been released on parole.

         Petitioner was imprisoned because, on February 2, 1998, he entered pleas of nolo contendere in the Muskegon County Circuit Court to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC-I), Mich. Comp. Laws § 750.520b(1)(a) and one count of second degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC-II), Mich. Comp. Laws § 750.520c(1)(a). Both counts arose out of Petitioner's sexual assault of his five-year-old daughter. On February 18, 1998, the court imposed sentences of 10 to 30 years for CSC-I concurrent to 8 to 15 years for CSC-II.

         On March 13, 2018, Petitioner filed his habeas corpus petition. Under Sixth Circuit precedent, the application is deemed filed when handed to prison authorities for mailing to the federal court. Cook v. Stegall, 295 F.3d 517, 521 (6th Cir. 2002). Petitioner placed his petition in the prison mailing system on March 13, 2018. (Pet., ECF No. 1, PageID.9.)

         II. Statute of Limitations

         Petitioner's application is barred by the one-year statute of limitations provided in 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)(1), which became effective on April 24, 1996, as part of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, Pub. L. No. 104-132, 110 Stat. 1214 (AEDPA). Section 2244(d)(1) provides:

         (1) A 1-year period of limitation shall apply to an application for a writ of habeas corpus by a person in custody pursuant to the judgment of a State court. The limitation period shall run from the latest of

(A) the date on which the judgment became final by the conclusion of direct review or the expiration of the time for seeking such review;
(B) the date on which the impediment to filing an application created by State action in violation of the Constitution or laws of the United States is removed, if the applicant was prevented from filing by such State action;
(C) the date on which the constitutional right asserted was initially recognized by the Supreme Court, if the right has been newly recognized by the Supreme Court and made ...

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